Welcome to my new website

Hello Friends,

I’m so glad you found me.  We’ve been working awhile to get this site going and finally HERE IT IS!!  I plan on using this “Blog” area to share some of my experiences and deeper thoughts.  I never know who might be interested in such things, but there may be someone who just might benefit from something I share, so I’ll do it.  I have so appreciated those of you who have followed my music and ministry through the years and taken the time to write me a letter, email or message on facebook.  Of course it’s extra special when I’ve been able to meet some of you face to face.  It was back in 1971 when I first felt called to pursue music as a ministry, not just a career.  I’ve recently read some things by CS Lewis that has really encouraged me in this and given me more understanding of what it means to intentionally give our talents back to God.  One of the blogs I’ll post soon will be the talk I’m going to give when I am “ordained” on April 15th, 2018 at Calvary Chapel of Las Vegas, New Mexico, I’ll share with you those CS Lewis thoughts.   Yes….. after 47 years in ministry, I have felt that I should pursue getting “officially” ordained.  It will not really change what I do in everyday life but it will open a few doors that I’ve wanted to pursue living in Santa Fe.  More on that later.    So… I hope you drop by now and then and see what I’m up to.  I’ll still share a lot on FaceBook, but I’ll be able to go deeper here.  May it all be the God’s glory.  He HAS been good to me and taught me how to live in His love and peace.  May you grow more and more into that in your life as well.

Bless you, my friends!   Karen


Through the years YWAM Santa Fe has offered music training. This summer Karen will be leading a six week music intensive called The Santa Fe Summer Music Workshop from May 31st through July 11th. Those interested in finding out more should click on Musicians For Missions at the top of this page which will take you to the Musicians for Missions home page. There click on Schools and Opportunities which will go to the info on the music workshop. Don’t hesitate to contact Karen through this website for any questions.


Our Musicians for Missions website has now been replaced by YWAMSantaFe.org

First Christian Praise Recording in the Towa Language from the Jemez Pueblo

On September 28, 2013 Karen is helping facilitate a recording of six women that make up the Wahamini Singers from the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. This is the first time there has ever been a Christian worship recording released in the Towa language. Most of the songs were composed by the women in the traditional Jemez style of unison singing accompanied by a single hand drum. Marianne Millar, YWAM’s professional artist, will be designing a cover for the project. The women and other Jemez Pueblo Christians hope to be able to share their worship songs with many of their friends and family on the pueblo.

Karen’s Book in progress….

It was almost 25 years ago when a publishing company heard the ‘Seek Ye First’ story and asked me to write a book of that and other stories of my ministry. I did try….. but just couldn’t get it together. It’s always been in the back of my mind though.

About two years ago, My friend Becky Hefty, who is a great writer, came to mind as a possibility of someone to help me. She agreed and now we are in process. Becky and I are both very busy… she serving with Mission Builders International in Montana and editing other books; and I traveling the globe teaching and giving concerts. Every few months, Becky comes down to Santa Fe and we spend a few weeks on it. Basically, I am telling my story and she is writing it. So… I guess she’s my Ghost Writer . It looks like we may be coming up with two books…. the first more of a auto biography and the second will be more of a teaching book.

Becky is a joy to work with. I can’t imagine being more comfortable with anyone to tackle this project. I would appreciate your prayers as we continue to work on it.

Song’s from ‘Singing My Heart Out’ – Charting in Europe

Karen receives 2009 Radio Mic Award from George Hamilton IV

Karen has been associated with Paul Davis in England since he helped book her tours there in the 80s. Paul now heads up the organization New Christian Music. This organization has many facets, all of which help to encourage Christian musicians and promote their music.

Once a month NCM mails a promo CD with 20 songs on it to about 400 radio stations around the world.Karen has had four songs from her new worship CD Singing My Heart Out over the past two years. The list includes Singing My Heart Out, Seek Ye First, God’s in This Place and How Wonderful Your Name. The stations that receive these promo CDs can send a comment sheet back to NCM letting them know which songs they are going to give air play to and how they rate them.

Karen performs with others at the NCM Awards Weekend

From these feedback forms, NCM then determines which artist should receive a ‘Radio Mic Award’. Karen has been given a Radio Mic Award for three years in a row for ‘American Female Worship Artist’. All of the songs have rated high on the NCM charts. Karen was able to attend the NCM Awards Weekend at Leighton Buzzard, England to receive her award in March 2009.


NCM Euro Chart W/E 9 Oct 2009 (Top 10)
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1.Gaither Vocal Band – I’m Loving Life
2.Beverly Trotman – Voice Of Hope
3.Karen Lafferty – How Wonderful Your Name (writer – Valdis Indrisonooks from Latvia)
4.Nicole C Mullen – Talk About It
5.Chynna & Vaughan – One Reason
6.Michael Harcus – Unchanging God
7.Leeland (& Brandon Heath) – Follow You
8.Janece – When God Dips His Love In My Heart
9.Terry Warren– When I Look To You
10.Sam Opeche – The Journey

Worship album featuring “Seek Ye First”

Karen’s most recent studio album Singing My Heart Out is available at the store on this site. It features my “signature song” Seek Ye First and two other worship songs pinned by Karen. The rest are songs of musician friends from India, Latvia and some former MFM staff who are now living back in the US. Karen comments on the CD “It was a blessing recording all these songs of fellow missionaries. I pray you all enjoy them too.”

Listen to some of the new songs on this album