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Author’s Bio


A widow since January 1999, Yvonne was married for 31 years to Julius Karl, who immigrated from Germany to Canada at age 22. He attended German Bibelschule in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and was the founding pastor of the Gemeinde Gottes (German Church of God) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After seven years in Canada, he came to the United States where he first attended Warner Pacific (College) University, then received a B.S. degree from Anderson University-Indiana (1965) and a Master’s of Divinity from Anderson School of Theology (1968). From there, he completed M.A.( 1970) and Ph.D. (1974) degrees at Indiana University. Julius and Yvonne met and married (1967) while both were teaching at Anderson (College) University in Anderson, Indiana. In 1995, Julius accepted the call to reopen the North Edmonton Church of God, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and he and Yvonne spent June, July, and August completing that pastoral assignment. In August 1976, Julius accepted the pastorate at Riverside Park Church of God in Livonia, Michigan. In January 1981, he became pastor of New Life Community Church in Westland, Michigan where he remained until his death in January 1999. (Read more about Julius’ life in war-torn Germany and subsequent immigration and education:


Yvonne is intimately acquainted with the church community having been active in various aspects of church work for many years including serving as ecumenical minister to summer farm workers in Indiana and Michigan (1966, 1967) and as co-pastor with her husband at New Life Community Church in Michigan from 1984 until his death in 1999. She continued there as pastor for 2 1/2 years until retiring in summer 2001. She has served as speaker in various conferences including a gathering of Christian professionals in Cape Town South Africa and the Agape Association of Bible Schools in Ghana, West Africa. She also served several years on the Board of Agape Gospel Mission (Ghana) and has traveled across the world. Passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ, she communicates His Word in a down-to-earth, unpretentious style knowing that all who so desire will experience His life-changing power in their lives.


Beginning in 1986, Yvonne served as editor of The Alabaster Box which was circulated around the world monthly for more than 20 years. She has authored six inspirational books and published hundreds of articles. Her books are out of stock and out of print, but occasionally they show up as used books on Amazon, Alibris, and Abe Books under author name: C. Yvonne Karl.


In addition to ministry and writing assignments, Yvonne is a retired educator who served assignments in five states including teaching in secondary schools, as well as at Michigan State University, Anderson University-Indiana, and Agape Bible College-Ghana, W.Africa. She also served as school counselor in Indiana and K-12 principal in Michigan. Most recently she served a two-year term as Administrator of Wright Way Bible Institute in Culloden WV.


Yvonne grew up in Nitro, West Virginia, graduated from Nitro High School (1958) and West Virginia State University (1961). After college, she went back to Nitro High to teach for three years before leaving to do graduate studies at Michigan State University and Anderson University-School of Theology, doctorate studies at Indiana University, Lake Charles Bible College, and post doc studies at The University of Michigan. While living in Las Vegas, she became a certified Chaplain with the Greater Western Division of MChapUSA.

Yvonne has been awarded multiple listings in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.


For the many and varied exciting opportunities in her life, Yvonne gives credit first and foremost to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She honors numerous others who impacted her life positively in ways only fully seen in retrospect: Principals she worked for: John Santrock (to whom she gives credit for her start on this  journey), Raymond Arbogast, Jayne Jones, Philip Rambo, William Houghton, Multiples at Inkster High School; Pastors: Mark Haynie, Robert Hazen; Evangelist, Dr. E. E. Wolfram; WVSU Professors Dr. Sarah Crosby and Dr. Lawrence Jordan; AU Professors Nilah Meier and Dr. Nancy Osborne; AU-SOT Professor Dr. Irene Caldwell; MSU Chairman Dr. Townsend, Professors Robert Bishop and Dr. Carlos Teran; IU Professor Jung and Professor Stone; especially her late husband, Julius Karl, who continually encouraged her to be active in her God-given gifts; her family, friends, and the list is inexhaustible. No life is lived without the influence of others. To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen (Galatians 1:5).


Yvonne has two adult children and three grandchildren. Her daughter is an orchestra teacher in Reno, Nevada. Her son is a Family Physician in South Carolina at

UPDATED July 2017 – As of July 2017, Yvonne lives in the Greenville area of South Carolina.

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…one thing I do, forgetting the things behind, but reaching out toward the things that lie ahead with reference to the goal, I pursue toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus  (Philippians 3:13-14, LNT).

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