Arch-Deacon Dr. Karen Anderson

D. Min.(H.C.), L.H.D.(H.C.), Dip. Bus.(Account), Dip.Th, Dip Sport (Coach), QMS Auditor, Cert IV Train and Assess., M.I.O.M., O.S.B.,O.X.P., J.P.(Qual).

Aged Care Chaplain and Religious Education Co-ordinator and Teacher of Children

Diocesan Treasurer

Karen preaching profileI was honoured and privileged to be ordained as Reverend Deaconess on 16th Sept 2006.

Since that time I have assisted where necessary with the beginnings of this denomination in Australia and continued with my already current ministries that are detailed below:

Assisting with church services and ‘red tape’ wherever necessary and as directed.

Undertaking Morning and Evening Prayer each day either with others or as a discipline by myself.

Teaching Religious Education at primary school; 3 classes of 30 students, approx age 11 years plus I am fortunate enough to also share God’s word with students at a Special Education unit. Undertaking this current ministry since 1998. From 1999 until 2007 I was actively involved with Supa Club, a school-based ministry aimed at 10-13 year age groups, during lunch periods. During 2007 I assisted with Religious Education at and from 2008 I have been the Religious Education Co-ordinator and Teacher at the Redlands Special School, undertaking classes in all age-groups.

Holding ‘Home Study Groups’ in my home.

Chaplain to elderly residents at local Nursing Home weekly since 2003 and conducting fortnightly Sunday church services there since 2006.

Accepted into the Order of Saint Benedict On 2nd October 2005.

Prior to God directing me to current ministries, this was my spiritual journey:

I was baptised as an infant, confirmed at twelve years of age, attending Sunday school as a child and Youth groups as a teenager. My church attendance was patchy, during my earlier adult years and the family I had then married into were not accepting of time being given to church related ministries.

Moving to Queensland, I attended church in an Anglican Parish, then the Salvation Army church for some years and the Baptist for a 12 year period. God then called me to teach Religious Education to the youth, in our schools. The following year I attended an outreach session at church, during which I truly believed, repented and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. From this time I became more involved in ministries of the church, consistently devoting and prioritising more of my time to God. Happily returning to the more formal services of the Anglican Church in 2002, I became a Group Leader with ‘Kids Games’ in Brisbane, conducted Sunday School classes and became leader for an ‘After school’ kids group.I have been training in San Chi Kai (Tibetan-based self-defence under Kaicho Mal Lomax and Kyoshi Peter McInnes) and San Ryu Do (Japanese sword under Grandmaster Dr Robert Braff & Shihan Paul Gray).

My Qualifications and work skill areas are:

2014 I received a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the UK for faithful ministry over many years as well as a Patent of Ennoblement as Ecclesiastical Baroness of Sychar. 2011 I recieved a Doctorate in Ministry (Honoris Causa) from the UK for services rendered. 2001 a Diploma in Business and Accounting and a Certificate III in Accounting, 2007 a Diploma of Theology, Continuing study in Degree of Rev Dr Karen Anderson profileTheology, QMS Auditor, Provisional Auditor Food Safety, 2008 a Certificate IV Training and Assessment (upgraded in 2012), and 2010 achieved Justice of the Peace (Qualified), 2014 Diploma of Sport (Coaching). I am Brown Belt in San Ryu Do sword, Black Belt Fifth Degree in San Chi Kai freestyle karate, obtained Bushido award in 2010 and Black Belt First Degree in Kyushokan Martial Arts Academy. In 2011 I was accepted as a member of International Self Defence Association under Master Graham Healey and attained black belt third degree. On August 27 2009 I was awarded for my ongoing service to the community, Member of the Illustrious Order of Merit (M.I.O.M.) by the Hutt River Province Western Australia, feeding and guiding the poor in the community, teaching Religious Education in both the state and special schools.

I have been running my own bookkeeping/ accounting business since 1997. This has grown and I find God continually allows my needs to be met through this avenue with both flexibility of time to undertake His work and clients to allow me a flowing workload of diversified tasks. In 2005 I studied further in the area of Quality Business Management and Food Safety, becoming both a Consultant and an Internationally recognised Auditor in these fields.I have qualified to become a Justice of the Peace in 2010 for the community in Queensland.

I try to always be prepared for the opportunities God brings my way, to witness to people and look forward to continuing my current ministries, growing in effectiveness of evangelical ministry and further developing spiritual fellowship with those that the AIC path directs and leads me to. I have been the Diocesan Treasurer since 2006 and steward faithfully.