The Campus Minister 3

Karen Hollis

I was born and raised in Washington State, where I was a member of the United Church of Christ. I attended seminary at Seattle University after completing bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy at the University of Washington. I served several churches in the Seattle area as intern and Minister for Children & Families from 2007 – 2014, before moving to British Columbia. I have been blessed with this amazing ministry at UBC and the United Church of Canada since December of 2014, and was ordained in June of 2016. 

I have always been drawn to what God is doing in the every day and strive to live in that place of connection. I love leading innovative and engaging worship experiences, while creating a supportive and safe environment for people to experience God’s love and healing.

tea and snacksReflecting back on my own time at university, those years were filled with so much learning about the world and the breadth of human experience, as well as learning about how to be an independent adult. The university years are such a rich, exciting, complex and challenging time and it is such an honour for me to walk with students as they engage the mess of university life. I am continually blown away by the wisdom and love of God in the young people I meet at UBC, and I am continually praying for God’s hand to guide them through turbulent waters, and inspire them to courageously be who God calls them to be. Whether you are a believer, seeker or doubter, you are welcome here! Come for a cup of tea and a chat – I look forward to meeting you!

positive space

In 2016 I took the Positive Space Training at UBC to become a Positive Space Resource Person. The United Church of Canada and I are committed to creating safe and sacred spaces for all people of God, no matter who you are or who you love. We were all made in God’s image – a beautiful rainbow of diversity!

Karen is a member of the UBC Chaplain’s Association and is on the pastoral staff at University Hill Congregation United Church of Canada.

Contact Karen at or 604.828.8797.