Dr. Karen Hollie-Thibodeaux, Senior Pastor
God has used Dr. Karen Hollie-Thibodeaux's life greatly: as a pioneer when He led her to establish
Grace International Seminary in July of 2007; and as a trailblazer when He gave her the vision to
plant a church where great people can reach their greatest potential.
Her commission from God to plant a globally diverse, celebratory church is being fulfilled daily.
It is a church that will empower, enlighten, and encourage the unchurched, the alienated, and the
lost; and to lead them to a life-changing new beginning through teaching, preaching and evangelism.
Upon this premise, Lifeway Church was founded. Lifeway Church was established in March 2008.
Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux enjoys the opportunity to bridge her psychological background with her
ministerial calling and says she preaches for two reasons: "to comfort the disturbed" and "to disturb
Her unique style of ministering is motivational, uplifting, and embraces practical solutions for
positive living. She strongly believes in and teaches the bible as an application to everyday situations
that are particularly challenging to working professionals.
She served for four years as the first female pastor of the historical Johnson Chapel Community Church in
Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux graduated valedictorian from Oak Cliff Christian Academy. She went on to earn a
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.
She graduated in the class of 2001 from the prestigious Leadership Southwest representing the Chamber of
Commerce for the cities of DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, and Lancaster.
Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux served as president of Altrusa International Inc., a business and professional women's
organization. In 2003 she won the coveted National President's Award for leading Altrusa International, Inc.
to a nine-point merit of excellence.
Professionally, Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux worked as a counselor for the Wilmer-Hutchins ISD for eight years
and for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for ten years. Additionally, she has worked for the past twenty
nine years as a therapist in private practice. She is a columnist for the Elite News and several online
publications. Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux travels nationally as an Educational Consultant for Twenty First Century.
She is also the author of Ask Dr Hollie-Thibodeaux, Therapy in a Flash, a collection of psychological and
Dr. Hollie-Thibodeaux, in August 2007, became the President and Founder of Grace International Seminary, the
only women's seminary in the southwest, offering Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees.
Certified School Counselor - State of Texas
Certified Teacher - State of Texas - Social Studies
Anti Bully Prevention Trainer - 21st Century
2nd Step Violence Prevention
Trainer & Facilitator:
List of Awards:
2003 - Woman of Achievement Award - Dallas Beautician Association
2003 - Educator of the Year - NAACP Dallas Chapter
2004 - Outstanding Community Service - D.O.T.Y. Award
2005 - Woman of the Year - Just One Look Production
2006 - Who's Who of Professional Business Women
2007 - Women of Excellence - Elite News
2007 - Inducted into Religious Hall of Fame
2008 - Recognized by the Senate of the State of Texas - Community Service Award
2008 - Woman of the Year - National Council of Negro Women
2008 - Person of the Year - Woman to Woman Ministries
2009 - Ambassador for Peace, Universal Peace Federation
2009 - Constable Chaplain - Dallas County Precinct 1
2010 - Constable Chaplain - Dallas County Precinct 5
2010 - Grand Marshall - Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
2010 - Outstanding Person of the Year - First Ladies on the Move
2010 Woman of Valor - Grace International Seminary
2010 - Distinguished Woman of the Year - Susan Stevens' School of Dance
2010 - Community Service Award - My Second Chance, Inc
2010 - Ummah Award, Community Person of the Year - Warith D. Muhammad Masjid
2010- Parade Marshall - Universal Academy
2011 - Outstanding Volunteer of the Year - Hunger Task Force
2011 - International Family Church of Peace Flag Award - United Federation of Churches
Women's Federation for World Peace
Board Member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic
Co-Chair for the State of Texas, American Clergy Leadership Conference
Founding Member, Interfaith Service Network
Advisory Board, Thanksgiving Square
President, Lifeway PGT Foundation
President, Grace International Seminary
Board Member, Trinity International Seminary
President, African American Ministers Alliance
Board Member, Religious Hall of Fame
Senior Pastor, Lifeway Church of Dallas
Parliament of World Religions, Committee Chair, Director of Site Selection
Board Member, Religious Hall of Fame
Member, Universal Peace Federation
Member, Joppa Entrepreneur Project
Member, Walking 2 Destiny Foundation
Member, Hunger North Texas Task Force
International Peace Conference (Korea)
Speaker, Unification Church, Munich, Germany 10/2010
Boys and Girls Club 03/2012