Karen Wynn Atkinson

Everyone's story will have heartache and disappointment; mine is no different, but I have tried to use those circumstances for good; to help others going through something similar. I grew up in a Christian home, attending church and knowing that following the Bible is the way to 'good' in the world. Sometimes, it is only a church service that can give you something positive to carry with you throughout the week. After the birth of my children, I came closer to Christ after the incredible gift of being a mother. My heart 'runneth over' ever since then; He is always good, even when hard times come. I don't beat my message down anyone's throat, I just hope to be an example of the way that I live and the happiness that I have.

My Life

Favorite Quote

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

Friends describe me

happy, supportive, loving, motivational

My hobbies

My hobbies include volunteering/serving and spending time with my husband, my children, my family, exercising, pottery and being outdoors.

Fantasy dinner guests

Jesus...I have a list of questions!

Best advice I ever received

Don't use that credit card unless you can pay the entire bill when it arrives! (Can you hear a parent talking?)

My undergrad alma mater

Furman University

In college I drove


If I weren't a professor, I would

volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem

Favorite books

I just finished The Quiet You Carry which was a great book for anyone that knows a child in foster care.

Favorite city

San Gimignano, Italy

Favorite coffee

Regular, not decaffeinated!

Current Research

Working with community members in rural South Carolina to improve their health!