Meet Karen Waddles, New True Woman Blogger

Paula Hendricks

Paula Hendricks | 02.21.11
Twitter: @PaulaWrites678


Hey, ladies. Please give a warm, true woman welcome to Karen Waddles, our newest True Woman blogger. I think you’ll love her! Get to know her a bit today with this Q&A, and then check back tomorrow to read her first post.

Karen, introduce us to your family.
I am happily married to George, who for the past 28 years has served as pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Chicago. We have four wonderful children (three sons and one daughter) and nine grandchildren. Two of our sons are pastors and one is a lawyer. Our daughter is a stay-at-home mother. 

Tell us about your relationship with God. How did you become a follower of Jesus?
I became a follower of Christ at the age of seven. I understood that Jesus had died for my sins and made a way for me to have a relationship with God. It was God as father that was most compelling to me. My relationship with my stepfather was strained at best, so in many ways God became my Abba Father. I talked to him each night. Those early years were foundational in developing intimacy in my walk with the Lord.

Tell us about your job at Moody Publishers. What do you do?
I have worked as Assistant to the Publisher for the past ten years. I work closely with our publisher and serve on a number of publishing teams. I have been a part of the Lift Every Voice brand team for ten years. This team reviews manuscripts for publication to the African-American audience. I recently joined Moody Publishers’ True Woman team, working closely with Nancy DeMoss and other key authors in the True Woman Movement.

Describe yourself in five words.
1. Quiet
2. Opinionated
3. Strong-willed
4. Kind
5. Patient (for the most part)

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about making my heart a safe place for His word and His ways, and impacting those around me in the same way. When I see the direction that the culture and even the church is moving, I am concerned that more and more the Word doesn’t “fit.” It clashes hard with our culture and even with much of what is happening in the church. I’m desperate for that never to be true of my own heart. 

You write and speak to women a lot. What do you talk to them about?
I speak to women about the biblical womanhood message. I see wives and mothers every day who are spinning their wheels trying to live life according to the wisdom of the culture and I desperately want them to know that His way is the only way.

What are you most excited about regarding the True Woman Movement? 
I am most excited that the movement is organized and seems to be gaining steam across the country.

Topics: True Woman Sightings


  1. Welcome, Karen! You sound like a lady I would like to get to know; I'll be interested to read your insights!
    posted by April
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:17 am
  2. Welcome! Looking forward to your blogs!
    posted by Amanda R.
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:57 am
  3. Welcome Karen, I have the same passion as you about the "the Word" clashing with the culture, and that I stay strong for the truth. I am looking forward to your blog, and I am glad you are working with Nancy and hope someday to meet you at a conference.

    posted by Barbara Welch
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 8:10 am
  4. Welcome! I love the idea of my own heart not clashing with His Word and His ways. Thanks for that imagery.
    posted by Wendy
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:24 am
  5. Welcome Karen, praying that many women may be blessed by what you have to share. God bless you!
    posted by Laura
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:26 am
  6. Welcome First Lady, this is Theresa Williams. Min. Terrence Williams wife. I will be looking for your blogs. I am that wife and mother who is trying to live life according to the wisdom and the culture and is trying my best to do it God's way....but of course it gets hard sometimes. You are one of the women that I look up to and I am so glad you have joined. I know that a lot of women will be blessed by what you share. Miss you and love you Theresa.
    posted by Theresa Williams
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:45 am
  7. I'm really looking forward to reading your blogs! Praying for strength and wisdom for you, and that this blog would also encourage your own heart.
    posted by Tracy
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:49 am
  8. Thank you Karen for joining the blog team. I am looking forward to hearing from you and your insights for women! We are blessed to have you.
    posted by Linda
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:17 am
  9. I look forward to reading your post!
    posted by Susan McCurdy
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
  10. Welcome! :)
    posted by Lindsay
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am
  11. Wonderful woman; wise words!!
    posted by Cheryl
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  12. Hello Karen,
    I look forward to reading your blogs.
    posted by Melinda
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm
  13. Great to see you here, Karen! Looking forward to hearing from you, and say hi to all at MP :)
    posted by Becky Armstrong
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm
  14. Welcome, Karen. I look forward to your fresh voice with the timeless message of scripture.
    posted by Dawn Wilson
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm
  15. i look forward to reading karen's posts!
    posted by Elizabeth
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm
  16. Great to have you on board!!! God bless!
    posted by Karen K
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  17. Welcome to the TW Blog Karen. Thank you for caring & sharing.
    posted by Leslie.n
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm
  18. Welcome, Karen!
    You remind me of a very dear friend who is a "mother in the Lord." You even look a little like her! I'm looking forward very much to reading your posts and fresh insights. Thank you for joining us!
    Num. 6:24
    In His love,
    posted by Leslie S.
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm
  19. Ladies,
    I couldn't be more thrilled than to see Karen joining the True Woman Blog Team. I've worked at Moody many years alongside Karen and have sought her counsel and friendship as a Titus 2 woman countless times. She always draws me to Jesus. She is indeed a True Woman and I can't wait to read her blogs. Thanks to Nancy and TW Team for this wonderful addition to your blogging ministry!!
    posted by Elsa
    on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  20. Welcome Karen, looking forward to what God has to say through you. I have enjoyed the other ladies but we have a lot in common and I want to hear that voice.
    posted by Elveria Ferguson
    on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 9:08 am
  21. Bless you, Karen. Looking forward to hearing what God gives you to tell us. I am praying for you to be that beacon!
    posted by Linda C
    on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  22. Welcome Karen!

    I look forward to learning from you and growing from your experience and wisdom...please know your words will make a difference in so many lives.

    With warm and loving thoughts,
    posted by elizabeth
    on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm
  23. Greetings Mrs. Waddles,

    I have heard so much about you and your love for Jesus Christ. My first lady is Sis. Sharon Wilson of Fresno, CA. She admires you so much and we admire her.
    I can't wait to read more of your blogs. God Bless you and be encouraged!
    posted by Sis. Tate
    on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm
  24. Welcome, Mrs. Karen Waddles!

    Praise God to whom all blessing flow. This is not a surprise. When I think of the biblical role of women Karen Waddles is one of the leading women speakers of today. Her sound biblical interpertation, wisdom and grace, will defiantly bless women that have a heart for God.
    Thank you, TW team for the new addition!

    My prayers are with you!
    posted by S. W.
    on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  25. Congratulations Karen!

    I am so excited for you and for us as well. I know that your encouraging words will uplift all that read them. You are such a woman of faith and have shown such a love for all women, I am in expectation of the wonderful, spiritual, enlightening words you will share.

    posted by Curcelia Johnson
    on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  26. Woman of God, Karen this is surely a blessing to hear that you will be sharing, encouraging, motivating, and ministering Gods word to us. I do know from your teaching and wisdom of what God has for us women, mothers, wives, etc, that we all will be blessed. I am so excited and will let every one I know where they can go and recieve a blessing. Be Encourage
    posted by Your Sister, Evelyn Prude
    on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  27. Sis. Waddles,
    I am so happy, I finally got the opportunity to see and hear you speak at our Church in Fresno- New Beginnings (Pastor & Sis. Angulus Wilson). I shared with my first Lady, "The half has not been told," (smile) relating to your awesome gift to teach us Women God's word. You challenged us to treat our Husband extra nice for seven days, I'm on Day 2 and lovin it! Thank you for being a Blessing.
    posted by Mrs. P Tate
    on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm
  28. Thank you Sister Waddles for your encouraging words with a smile when I share. I appreciate your love for the Lord oh how much it has help me. I just want to share that with you. I am praying God's strength in you as you continue to reach out to women like me. Be bless my friend, your friend Sister Katie Batts
    posted by katie batts
    on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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