1st Lady Karen Whitley has been married for 37 years to Rev. Orris Whitley, pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Lemoore CA. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Missouri. She also completed 2 years of training from Sun Grove Bible College in Missouri.
She has served in various areas of ministry since giving her life to Christ forty years ago. Most recently Karen has been called to be the Assistant Teaching Director (ATD) at Community Bible Study in Lemoore, CA. She was credential in 2016 has been encouraging women with the exposition and exhortation of the truth of God’s word.
She was founder and president of Central Valley Women of Purpose, a ministry group that sponsored women’s seminars and retreats.
She and her husband have been joint youth group leaders, cub scout leaders, and worship leaders. Together, they also organized and led a Christian Couples Ministry where the goal was to teach married couples how to let God rule in their marriages. Karen’s passion is to minister to women encouraging them to know the Lord Jesus, giving them the tools to live a Christ-centered life.