Dr. Karl G. Wolfe earned his B.A. degree in history from Azusa Pacific University, the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Asbury Theological Seminary, and the Ed. D. - with an emphasis on organizational management -- from Pepperdine University. For 25 years, he served in professional pastoral ministry in various capacities, including: minister to high school students, Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, church planter, founding numbers of nonprofit organizations (e.g. South-Central Youth for Christ in Minnesota, the Ann Arbor Pregnancy Counseling Center, and the Ethiopian Humanitarian Project). He was involved also in launching NGOs in Ethiopia (schools, churches, a clinic, and a hospital), Venezuela (several schools and churches), and Myanmar (a dozen churches). In 2000, he transitioned to higher education teaching and administration.
Subjects Dr. Wolfe taught prior to joining Walden in 2006 include ethics, worldview, history, political philosophy, preaching, communication, biblical literature, theology, and church polity. Originally from the southern Illinois area, Karl lived in various locales throughout the Midwest United States, from Kansas City to Akron, from St. Louis to Minneapolis. He spent time in New York City, where he was a Campus Life director (part of a parachurch organization designed to reach to teenagers), and in Los Angeles, where he worked, while earning his undergraduate degree, in a Hollywood recording studio.
Presently, he lives in Plymouth, Minnesota (northwest of Minneapolis) where he works with various faith-based groups (Eagle Brook Church, Interfaith Outreach, and Feed My Starving Children). Most recently, Karl was instrumental in starting, on behalf of a number of congregations, an interdenominational outreach to 20s/30s- something single adults living in and around the Twin Cities.
Dr. Wolfe is married (for more than 50 years), father of three, father-in-law to two, and a grandfather to six -- two granddaughters and four grandsons. His interests, to say the least, are eclectic; but travel, theology, philosophy, sports, history, politics, and classical music (in no particular order) are areas commanding particular attention.