B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A.T.S., Episcopal Divinity School


Karen M. Meridith came to Sewanee in 2010 and is the executive director of Education for Ministry and associate director of the Beecken Center. She is the designer and managing editor of the latest curriculum in the Education for Ministry program, the School of Theology's flagship four-year program for lay theological education developed in 1975.


An EfM graduate and mentor with experience in administration and educational leadership, Meridith holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, did graduate study in English literature at Auburn University, earned a master's degree in theological studies at Episcopal Divinity School, and studied practical theology in the doctoral program at Boston University School of Theology.


After teaching English and English as a Second Language at levels from junior high to university, she served as director of university publications at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; lay associate for Christian formation and communication at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach; and as director of operations for the Historical Society of The Episcopal Church.