Kara Powell, PhD

Executive Director
Fuller Youth Institute

Dr. Kara E. Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and assistant professor of youth and family ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Fuller, Kara was an assistant professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Azusa Pacific University. The mission of FYI is to leverage research into resources that elevate leaders, youth, and families. 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 degree with honors from Stanford University in 1991.

In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of five Sticky Faith books or curriculum (2011–2014), Can I Ask That? 2: More Hard Questions about God and Faith (2015), Essential Leadership: Training Onramps for Your Youth Ministry Team (2010), Deep Justice Journeys (2009), Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum (2009), Deep Justice in a Broken World (2008), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (2004).