Karen Wheaton is a seasoned Christian minister whose music and preaching has provoked listeners to pursue God in passionate worship for many years. Her first exposure came on the PTL Club in 1978. As a young lady of only 18 she traveled with the Spurrlows in the Festival of Praise, and by 1980 she launched her solo ministry, traveling with her own band and back-up singers, singing and preaching the gospel across the nation. Throughout the ‘80’s Karen had the privilege of serving alongside ministers such as Jimmy Swaggart, Benny Hinn, Marilyn Hickey, and Charles and Frances Hunter as they held crusades and conferences all throughout the world. In 1988 she joined the TBN family and has been a part of that impacting television network ever since.
Throughout the ‘90’s Karen continued to work with other ministers such as Rod Parsley, T. D. Jakes, and many others, while increasingly traveling on her own as doors opened to sing and speak at various churches, prisons, and women’s conferences. In 1998 the emphasis of her ministry took a surprising turn as God called her to move back to her hometown and begin to work with the youth of the community. Though she continues to travel and minister, her efforts are primarily focused on the youth center she founded called the Ramp in her hometown Hamilton, Alabama. Along with other ministers such as Damon Thompson, Dutch Sheets, and Lou Engle, Karen is intent on awakening a generation. Over 1,100 young people gather at the Ramp each month to be transformed by the presence of God and equipped to win their cities.