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"...When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,Nor shall the flame scorch you." - Isaiah 43:2

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UP FROM THE ASHES Women’s Empowerment Academy (UFTA) was founded in 2012 under the leadership of Pastor Karen Jethroe. She noticed that there were so many Christian women who have been called by God to lead in ministry and in life but have been held back due to fear, religious oppression, life’s traumas, or lack of exposure. It became Pastor Karen’s passion to help women become free and to unapologetically say yes to God’s call on their life.

Pastor Karen uses sermons, skits, workshops, webinars and her own life’s stories as tools to help women appreciate who they are in God’s eyes.  She highlights the value of what they have gone through by helping them to focus on their purpose rather than their painful experiences. This ministry is designed for women to find a safe and honest place to be helped, healed, and happy!

Here are the reasons you can depend on Karen Jethroe to help you live, love and lead with passion and purpose:

REPUTABLE – Karen Jethroe has been helping and leading women for over thirty years as a respected leader in her community of women and among her peers.


EXPERIENCED – Her proudest accomplishment is the large number of long term participants who put their trust in her year after year.


INTEGRITY – Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose. The foundation of her reputation is her commitment to do the right thing at all times, regardless of whether anyone is watching.


RESOURCES - Karen Jethroe will offer a wide variety of development and training programs built on timeless principles that get results.


CUSTOMIZABLE - All of her curriculum will be customizable to specifically address your individual and organizational needs.


100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – Karen Jethroe wants you to be completely satisfied with her services and will do whatever it takes to make you happy. No hassles, no problems.


Karen Jethroe

Motivational Speaker/Teacher/Author/Coach

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Karen Jethroe is a recognized and highly respected Motivational Speaker/Teacher/Author with a reputation for helping women discover their purpose and their worth.  Her call and passion is to empower women to live the life that God has created them to live.  

An expert on empowering Christian women to rise above adverse circumstances to do whatever God has called them to do, and through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, she is known for delivering a simple message to unlock complex problems.

To succeed in these challenging times, individuals turn to Karen to provide strategies that work.

Up From the Ashes Women's Empowerment Academy is the vehicle that she uses to educate, enlighten, and empower women of all ages and from all walks of life.  Her God-given assignment is to women who are looking for the impetus to rise above the ashes of their past and permission to run their race with passion, purpose and precision.

Karen is a spiritually gifted communicator and author who sagaciously applies biblical truths to present day situations.  The rhetoric that she uses is anointed, engaging, revelatory, and challenging. Karen's personal story to her own steps to freedom, have served as a catalyst for many women to experience the same liberty in their own lives.

Karen Jethroe serves as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Ministries in Belleville, IL, Founder of Up From the Ashes Women's Empowerment Academy, Overseer for Deliverance Church in Malawi, South Africa and Owner of Kingdom Purpose Productions, LLC. She enjoys life with her husband Dennis, their four adult children, eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She has an earned Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College and a Master's Degree in Communication from Lindenwood University.

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