Kara E. Powell, PhD
Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute
Kara E. Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), joined the faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2003. Prior to that, Kara was an assistant professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Azusa Pacific University. She completed her PhD in Practical Theology from Fuller Seminary with a focus on pastoral role expectations in 2000, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a BA in human biology, graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1991.
In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Powell currently serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She was also college pastor at Lake Avenue Church from 1995 to 1998 and was the associate youth minister at San Diego First Assembly of God from 1991 to 1995. During college, Kara gained an ongoing commitment to church/parachurch partnerships during her time on Young Life student staff in the Stanford area.
Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Powell is the author or co-author of four Sticky Faith books or curriculum (2011 and 2012) and eight other books related to youth ministry. Kara is also a regular speaker at Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Conventions, the Orange Conference, and the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, as well as retreats and conferences across the country.
Kara Powell lives in Pasadena with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.