Our Pastor

Reverend Dr. Karen Denise Anderson
The Reverend Dr. Karen Denise Anderson is first and foremost a follower and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. She continues to be amazed and humbled that God called her to pastoral ministry. She has a deep love for God and God’s people. After serving three congregations in St. Louis, in 2019, Bishop Clement W. Fugh, assigned her to First AME (FAME) Church in Las Vegas, NV. She is their first female senior pastor.
She has served on various committees and boards on both the conference and 5 th district levels of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is in her second term as Secretary of 5 th Episcopal District Women in Ministry (WIM).
She has been a speaker for the 2018 Women’s March in St. Louis; Sojourner’s Summit; 2019 Power Rising Conference and others. She has received numerous awards for leadership and civic engagement. Dr. Anderson is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Theta Phi International Honor Society for Theological Education. The memory of struggling with issues of self-worth and efficacy were the catalyst for her doctoral thesis “Why Not Me: Developing Female Leadership through Transformed Perceptions of Self-Worth.”
She is eternally grateful for her greatest gift, her family. She and husband, Joseph share three adult children and five beautiful grandchildren. Rev. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Webster University, St. Louis, a Master of Divinity, with emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling, from Turner Theological Seminary at the I.T.C. in Atlanta, GA and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Ohio. Prior to ministry she spent more than 23 years in nursing and healthcare administration.