Dr. Karen Estep

Dr. Karen Estep

Professor of Teacher Education

Office: Harmony Hall, Office 44
Extension: 2327
Email: kestep@lincolnchristian.edu

  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MMin, Cincinnati Bible Seminary
  • MA, Cincinnati Bible Seminary
  • BME, Northeast Missouri State University

Director of Professional Education Program

  • Lincoln Christian University

Supervisor for Student Teachers and Internships

  • Lincoln Christian University
  • Greenville College (Greenville, IL)
  • Milligan College (Milligan, TN)

Adjunct Faculty/Instructor

  • Greenville College (Greenville, IL)
  • Spring Arbor College (Jackson, MI)
  • Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing, MI)
  • Cincinnati Bible College (Cincinnati, OH)

School Administrator

  • Carter Christian Academy K4-8th grade (Grayson, KY)
  • Charlotte Christian School PreK-12 (Charlotte, MI)
  • Intern at Lansing Christian Middle and High School (Lansing, MI)
  • The Christian Schools of Greater Cincinnati PreK-6th (Loveland, OH)


  • Lansing Christian Middle & High School (Lansing, MI)
  • Foss Avenue Christian School (Flint, MI)
  • Instructor at Scotland County R-1 High School (Memphis, MO)
  • Substitute Teacher in Swartz Creek School District (Flint, MI)
  • Substitute Teacher in Atherton Public Schools (Burton, MI)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at Cincinnati Bible College (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Estep, James, White, Roger, and Estep, Karen, (June 2012). Mapping out curriculum in your church: Cartography for Christian pilgrims. Broadman and Holman, Nashville, TN.
  • “Assistive Technology: A Guide for Early Childhood Teachers and Parents.” Christian Early Education, Vol. 12.3. (March 2011).
  • “Gestwicki’s Approach to Building Home, School, and Community Partnerships.” The School Community Journal, Vol. 15: 1. (Spring/Summer 2006).
  • Contributor, “Bible Resources.” Christian School Education: A Magazine for Christian School Educators, Vol. 8:3, 38-39. (2004-2005).
  • “Achievement and Parent Involvement.” Christian School Education: A Magazine for Christian School Educators, Vol. 7:1, 24-26. (2003-2004).
  • “Frameworks for the Formation of Curriculum Practice in K-12 Evangelical Schools” A Dissertation Submitted to Michigan State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the Department of Educational Administration. Vol. 1-2. (2001)
  • Contributor under pen-name, Maria Schleeter. Maenette Benham, Cases of Change: K-12 School Leaders Engaged in Reflective Learning, Technomic Publishing Company, Inc. (1998).
  • “Implications for the Future of the Restoration Movement in light of the Lessons Learned from the Reformation Movement: Differences in opinion regarding the place of music in the worship” Master Thesis, (1995)
  • “West Meets East: Building Education-Partnerships with China,” Community dinner presentation for Altanta Library & Museum, Atlanta, IL (February 18, 2011).
  • “Reach the Academy” Lincoln Christian University Undergraduate Chapel Speaker (February 23, 2010)
  • “Changes and Credentialing in Early Childhood Education in the state of Illinois and how that effects programs at Lincoln Christian College” presentation given at Lincoln, IL Rotary Meeting, June 17, 2009.
  • “Teaching Students How to Become More Strategic and Self-Regulated Learners” Faculty Development presentation and workshop for Lincoln Christian University Undergraduate Studies faculty, May 8, 2009.
  • “Conceptual Frameworks in Christian Higher Education” on Christian Higher Education presentation given at 2007 North American Professors of Christian Education Annual conference, October 18-20, San Jose, CA.
  • Institutional Report for the Teacher Education Unit initial program approval at Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois. (Submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education August 9, 2004).
  • Program Report for the Early Childhood Education Program at Lincoln Christian Univeristy, Lincoln, Illinois. (Submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education, March 31, 2004).
  • Conceptual Framework for the Teacher Education Unit at Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois. (Submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education February 1, 2003).
  • EC 101 Intro to Professional Ed Studies
  • EC 234 Child, Family, & Community Ed
  • EC 246 Organization & Admin for EC Directors
  • ED 141 Intro to Educational Practice
  • ED 147 Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  • ED/PS 222 Adolescent Development
  • ED 344 Faith, Schools, & Society
  • Married to Dr. James Estep with three children