Karis is led by a plurality of elders (or pastors) who are gifted in leading and teaching, biblically qualified (1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1) in character, and called by God. Our elders serve the church by leading the church, focusing on preaching, prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6). Christ is the head of Karis, but biblically, He entrusts His church to the leadership of a faithful, committed few.
Kevin serves as Lead Pastor of Karis. He is a native of Drexel, Missouri, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri (B.A., Honors in Communication), and a 2004 graduate of Southern Seminary (MDiv., Theology). Kevin has served in local church and campus ministries since 1994. He is married to Amy, a registered nurse. The couple have two boys, Hadley and Kylen, and a girl, Melia.
Rob serves as Executive Pastor for Karis. He focuses on leadership development, oversees the internship program, and directs the administrative aspect of the church. He also serves as a Chaplain for the Columbia Police Department. Rob is married to Becca, and they have two daughters, Charlotte and Amelia.
Aarik ministers as a lay elder at Karis, preaching the word, leading worship, and shepherding God's people. He serves as an editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. He and his wife, Brooke, are excited to seek Columbia's welfare and are committed to serving the city through Karis. They are parents to a son, Sibu.
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Derek serves as a lay elder in Karis Church while overseeing the counseling ministry. A former Karis intern, he currently works remotely for a real estate management company based out of Chicago. Derek and his wife, Charlee, have three daughters, Zoe, Naomi and Lucy.
Billy serves as a lay elder in Karis Church while overseeing urban ministry. A former Karis intern, he currently works as the marketing director for a local business in downtown Columbia. Billy and his wife, Hannah, hope to plant a church in Asheville, NC in the future.
Karis has deacons who are set apart by the Spirit and are biblically qualified (1 Tim. 3), as well. Our deacons serve the church by assisting the elders, leading various ministries within the church family.
Part of the Karis vision is to train leaders in gospel, community and mission in the context of the local church through theological instruction, hands-on ministry experience, and intentional shepherding, and to send those leaders out to build God's kingdom, particularly, but not exclusively, through church planting. We have interns that serve the body in a variety of ways and fashions, all the while learning and studying underneath the supervision of the elders.