Dr. Payne is a pastor, teacher, speaker, author and chaplain. He is currently on staff at Antioch Bible Church of Redmond, WA. where his primary role is serving as the Pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship Training. He has continued to serve as the chaplain for the Seattle Seahawks football team since 1994.
Karl’s reputation as an apologist and discipleship trainer is well known among professional athletes throughout the NFL, churches across the country, and home schooling advocates across Washington State. Karl has authored a three book discipleship series (Transferable Cross Training: Vol. 1 Essentials, Vol. 2 Apologetics and Vol. 3 Leadership Development). Each volume contains clear, concise, transferable discipleship lessons that help equip men and women for active and aggressive Christian service as servant leaders and soldiers for The Lord Jesus Christ. He has co-authored two books published by Multnomah Press Publishers, A Just Defense (1987), and Cross Training (1993), and contributed to two reference books, The Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, edited by R.K. Harrison, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1987, and The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, edited by Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner, Harvest House Publisher, 2008.
He has continuously served vocationally as a pastor in local churches since 1980, serving at Fourth Memorial Church of Spokane, WA. Shadow Mountain Community Church of El Cajon, CA., and Antioch Bible Church of Redmond, WA. Responsibilities have included working with or overseeing: Youth Ministry, College Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Small Groups, Discipleship Training, Leadership Development, Internship Ministry, Continuing Education, Special Events/Conferences and Pulpit Supply. Karl also has served as a board member for several Northwest Seminaries over the course of the last twenty years.
His education includes degrees from Sacramento City College, 1973, AA; California State University at Sacramento, 1976, BA; Western Seminary Portland, 1980, M Div; Western Seminary Portland, 1996, D Min. Karl is also an alumni of Multnomah School of the Bible, 1972-1973. Karl and his wife Gail met in the College group at their church, Arcade Baptist Church of Sacramento, and were married in 1976. They have one son, Jonathan.