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Karen Lucas


PhD Student, Theological Studies

About Karen

I am a third year PhD student of theological studies. My focus area is Pentecostal Studies. I am interested in Pentecostal-Charismatic and Neo-charismatic origins, history, worship practices, and spiritual formation patterns, along with Pentecostalism’s intersections with the Contemporary Praise and Worship movement, and postcolonial/decolonial strategies. In addition to my formal education, I draw from my experience in Contemporary Praise and Worship leadership, social worker, and ten years in archival work with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (denomination).


Campbell University


Master of Divinity

Emmanuel University


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Research Interests

Pentecostal Studies, Historiography of Christian Worship, Decolonial/Postcolonial Studies


Let us Worship or Let Us Breath - Sean Feucht and Maverick City Music's Divergent Approaches to Worship Leading in 2020 and 2021

2023 Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Considering Virtue and Vice Through the Lens of Holiness-Pentecostal Reception History: The Sanctification Teaching Chart-An Early 20th Century Method of Teaching the Doctrine of Sanctification

2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Lay Leaders as Spiritual Catalysts: The Influence of J. A. Culbreth and D. H. Hood on the Emergence of Holiness-Pentecostalism in Eastern North Carolina

2016 Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society

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