Karen came to CIT after 17 years on the mission field in Europe. Karen and her husband Gary, with their two boys, are serving with United World Mission. The Griffiths are based here in Rutherford County, but serve around the world. Karen is passionate about seeing the hope of the gospel of Christ reach our very needy world. She is particularly burdened to see cross-cultural kingdom workers, not simply survive overseas, but thrive in their lives and ministries.

She has ministered in a variety of capacities during her years of service. She went first to Poland in 1993 as a single missionary as a church planter and teaching ESL as a means of evangelism, as well as helping with MK education.  In 1996 Karen married Gary, moved to Bulgaria, where Gary was serving as academic dean of a Bible school. In Bulgaria she taught Theological English and mentored and encouraged Bible school students from around Eastern Europe as they prepared for ministry. In 2001 the family moved to Scotland where Karen was involved in women’s ministries, teacher training and leadership development. Upon returning to Bulgaria in 2005, she and her husband began not only training nationals for the ministry, but also mentoring missionaries throughout the Balkans. Karen has coached language learners and helped language coaches throughout Eastern Europe develop comprehensive language and culture acquisition programs for new missionaries. Currently, Karen mentors missionaries around the world from various mission agencies and is a facilitator at the Center for Intercultural Training.

Karen has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, a teaching credential from the state of California, a TEFL certificate from Cambridge University in England, and has completed language studies in Spanish, Polish, and Bulgarian at various universities.