Ladies Ministries Director
Karen (Jean) Weber is a Louisiana girl, born into a family that, for generations, has dedicated their lives to ministry. She began serving in the kingdom of God at a very early age in various ministries under her pastor, Rev. & Mrs. G. A. Mangun. She enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for the LA District UPCI with her grandfather, Rev. J. Roy Weidner, a former LA District Secretary.
As an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, Karen is always challenging herself to learn something new and is known to share her knowledge in her teaching. In addition to mission trips and international speaking engagements, she is an enthusiastic traveler, enjoying exploring new countries and cities, soaking in their culture & history. She is also passionate about helping churches grow and has obtained certification as a Church Growth Consultant with the Society of Church Consulting.
Karen is a firm believer that her family is her first ministry. She and Derald have two sons, Derek (married to Holly), who works with them as Associate Pastor, and Joel, who is a Mechanical Engineer. The Webers are loving the adventure of being Buddy & MeMom to their grandson, Jaxon, and granddaughter, Kendall.
Second only to her family, Karen is absolutely in love with her church family, giving of her time, energy, talents, and abilities in serving and leading them. In July 1996, the Webers moved to Lafayette to plant a church, The Pentecostals of Lafayette. Utilizing her degree in computer science and working in the position of Computer Systems Analyst, Karen worked alongside Derald to evangelize their city as they started the church in their home. That lovely little church plant has blossomed into a beautiful, thriving, multi-cultural church and has also planted and/or revitalized three daughter churches over the course of its existence. The Webers, along with their church family, have a deep burden to reach as many people in the greater Lafayette area as possible, with more preaching points planned to launch in the near future.
Karen feels that women are created with distinctive qualities that enhance the work of God. In her role as LA District’s Ladies Ministry Director, she desires to help women utilize their unique abilities, gifts and talents to impact their world for His kingdom.