Reverend Karen Wilson

karenAbout Reverend Karen Wilson
Ms. Karen M. Wilson is a retired Command Sergeant Major, from the U.S. Army. She served in the US Army for over 30 year, retiring in Sept 2000. As a CSM, Karen was cited for exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as the Command Sergeant Major, of William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and was presented the Legion of Merit for her outstanding service, to the US Army and the United States of America. CSM Wilson has served in positions of great leadership responsibilities in an outstanding manner, throughout her military career in both TDA and MTOE Medical Units within the United States and overseas.

She also served as the CSM of the 187th Medical Battalion, one of the Army’s largest and most diverse battalions. During this same period CSM Wilson was one of the first Sergeants Majors selected to attend the Army Medical Department Executive Skills Course. Command Sergeant Major Wilson was also instrumental in the development of the battalion leader’s handbook for junior leaders. She was also selected to serve as member of the TRADOC Drill Sergeant of the Year Board in 1997. Command Sergeant Major Wilson also represented the Army Medical Command in the Re-engineering of the Department of the Army Equal Opportunity Program with TRADOC in 1997. In 1996 Command Sergeant Major Wilson was selected by the Army Medical Department Center and School to serve on the Army’s Training and Doctrine workshop, which subsequently reviewed and produced a handbook on the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership and Development Training procedures with the Rand Corporation.

Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (10th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Safely Award, Saint Barbra ADA Honorary Member, and Army Medical Command Medical Merit Member.

During CSM Wilson’s career she initiated many programs to raise the performance and morale of her Soldiers. Most noteworthy was the “300 Club” which was geared toward the improvement of APFT scores and physical health. She also initiated a Junior NCO development program to coach, teach, and mentor Junior Noncommissioned Officers into becoming productive leaders in the US Army. Her pass performance as a leader always impressed upon on Soldiers readiness, welfare, and high standards. This resulted in selection as the first female to serve at the General Officer Level as the Command Sergeant Major of William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

As a small group leader at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy’s First Sergeant Course, Sergeant Major Wilson’s base groups were always rated the outstanding of the 14 small groups. Her students consistently scored higher on their APFT and performed better on all examinations than any of the other groups.

CSM Wilson served two tours as a First Sergeant, with total of five years served consecutively. She developed the first Combat Lifesaver training program for the 9th Infantry Division. She received the I Corps Commanders’ Safety Multiplier Awards and Unit Fit to Fight Award during her tenure as 1SG of A Company, 109th FSB, at FT. Lewis, WA.

CSM Wilson was often the first female Soldier medic to serve in various leadership positions during her career, from Platoon Sergeant to Command Sergeant Major. Due to her outstanding performance of duty, CSM Wilson helped pave the way for future generations of female Soldiers to serve in the divisional medical units throughout the Army.

CSM Wilson was the first black female selected to teach first sergeants at the United States Army Sergeant Majors Academy; First Sergeant Course, Ft. Bliss. TX, in 1994. CSM Wilson was also the first black female CSM to work for a General Officer at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in 1998 with General Nancy Adams.

At the time of her retirement in Sept 2000, CSM Wilson was only the second female Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Medical Command to retire with a total of 30 plus years of dedicated service.

With a total of 30 years active military service to the nation, CSM Wilson demonstrated outstanding performance of duty and commitment to the core values of the United States Army. Her past performance is keeping with the highest traditions of the US. Army and reflected great credit upon her, the U. S. Army Medical Department, and the U. S. Army.

Ms. Wilson presently serves as a GS-11 for the US Army, as the Course Manager of the Warrior Leader Course, of the US Army Sergeant Major Academy, at FT. Bliss, TX. As a Course Manager and a Senior Training Developer for the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at FT. Bliss, TX, she develops training support products and materials for the Warrior Leader Course for the U. S. Army. This includes writing training support packages for the small group instructors of 33 NCO Academy’s thought-out the Army. She has also won the civilian employee of the quarter, Commanders award for civilian service for being the course manager for the Warrior Leader Course of the US Army, and she has been awarded certificate for having over 40 years of federal service in the Government of the United States of America.

Ms. Wilson earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Maryland, a Bachelors Degree from the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in Vocational Education and a dual Masters Degree in Human Resource Development, and Management from Webster University. In the year of 2006 she was accepted into the National Scholars Honor Society. She has also completed the University Texas of El Paso program which certifies GS 1712 to GS 1750 as certified Instructional System Specialist (ISS) for the US Government.

Ms. Wilson also teaches on-line classes in Human Resource Development, Management, Business, and Marketing for the University of Phoenix, of Phoenix AZ.

Ms. Wilson is also an ordained minister serving the Lord as a Reverend at the Word of Life Church, Inc, COGIC, under the direction of Superintendent / Pastor Albert J. Mays Jr., Word of Life Church, Inc, COGICof El Paso, TX. She thoroughly enjoys being involved in church activities such as teaching Sunday school for primary level students, which helps to mold young people into responsible adults with values of discipline, hard work, and perseverance. Also she participates in other activities, such as sings and plays the drums in the choir, Urban Initiatives president, Pastor’s Aide Committee, Young Women Christian Council, and the finance chairwoman. She also hopes to attend Howard Payne Theological University.

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Bishop Juan O. Lawson
Jurisdictional Prelate

Superintendent Albert J. Mays, Jr.
1st Administrative Assistant, COO
Zion District Superintendent

Superintendent Glenn Murchison
2nd Administrative Assistant
Emmanuel District Superintendent

Evangelist D. Lynnette Riddick
Supervisor of Women

Evangelist JoAnn Crawford
Finance Chair

Evangelist Rita Wheelright
Jurisdictional Secretary

Pastor Ronnie Riddick
Pastors and Elders Council, Chairman
Jurisdictional Chief Adjutant
Men’s Ministry President

Pastor Mark Lawrence
CH Mason Bible Institute, Dean

Evangelist Karen Wilson
Jurisdictional Urban Initiatives Chair

Elder Mosley Hobson
Department of Evangelism, Jurisdictional Evangelist
AIM (Auxiliaries in Ministry), President

Evangelist Melissa Miller
Department of Evangelism, Jurisdictional Elect Lady

Deaconess Joy Jacobs
AIM (Auxiliaries in Ministry), Chairlady

Pastor Brian Rosette
Youth Department (YPWW), President
Assistant Jurisdictional Secretary

Deacon Johny Kennedy
Missions Department, President

Elder Derrick Hill
Sunday School Superintendent

Minister Lois Richardson
Music Department, President

Supervisor Emerita of Women
Mother Dorothy Marbury

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