Karl became Pastor/Head of Staff of First Pres in 2007 returning to his native Texas. A cradle Christian, he made faith his own in his twenties, humbled by the grace of God and inspired by the church's commitment to Christ's truth and to social justice. At First Pres, Karl's ministry centers on preaching and leadership, connecting weekly with a receptive worshiping community and a large, creative membership and staff. His ministry extends from First Pres to local institutions -- the Presbyterian Night Shelter, the James L. West Presbyterian Alzheimer's Care Center, Trinity Terrace, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Center -- and to the regional and national Presbyterian Church (USA). Karl spends most of his time in Fort Worth and feeds his local ministry by speaking and preaching to audiences across the country.
Karl graduated from Trinity University (BA in Political Science) and the University of Edinburgh (Honours BD in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology.) He has served congregations in Clermiston, Scotland, Roswell, New Mexico, and Grosse Ile, MI.
Together with his wife Jaci, he parents five children, three currently in college and two still at home. He loves people, bicycling, and all foods (except olives).