Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Karen Vo To

Location: Southeast Asia, Asia and Pacific

Home Country: Southeast Asia, Asia and Pacific

Spouse: Ut Van To

Karen Vo-To

The Rev. Dr. Karen Vo-To is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to Southeast Asia as coordinator for the women's ministry and project director.

Serving in Southeast Asia since 2001, Karen sees the objectives of her work as "serving the needs of battered women, victims of sexual abuse and harassment, the homeless women, and those who are struggling with substance abuse while providing job training to the unemployed and food for the hungry."  Karen also serves as associate dean of Wesley Theological College and Seminary and trains Christian leaders and her work focuses on recruiting women to study for pastoral ministry. 

An ordained elder in the Detroit Annual Conference since 1998, Karen served one year as a pastor of Warren Valley United Methodist Church, Dearborn Heights, MI, and four years as an associate pastor at Cass Community United Methodist Church, Detroit, MI, before she was commissioned as a Global Ministries’ missionary. During that time she also served on the Commission on the Status and Role of Women and the Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee. For four years, she was president of Vietnamese United Methodist Women on the national level.

Attending Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Karen earned a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) degree. She earned her Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Karen and Ut have two adult children, Andy To and David To. David has served as pastor of Howard United Methodist Church, Findlay, Ohio. 


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Supporting Conferences: California/Pacific Annual Conference, Detroit Annual Conference, West Michigan Annual Conference, West Ohio Annual Conference

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