Karen-Stiller-PS2500-SSL

I am a freelance editor and writer...

...whose work has appeared in publications like The Walrus, Reader's Digest, Faith Today, and In Trust. I am a senior editor (along with my friend Bill) of Faith Today (Canada's Christian magazine) and host of the podcast of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. I live in Ottawa with my husband Brent, who is an Anglican priest. We have three awesome adult children and a dog named Dewey.

Because I’m a big believer in doing what scares you almost to death, I also serve as moderator of the annual Religion and Society series at the University of Toronto, a debate series between leading atheists and theologians that seeks to generate critical conversations on matters of faith, society and public interest.

My writing usually has to do with the intersections between faith and the world, social issues, matters of justice and doing better. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel with my work and write articles about life in refugee camps in South Sudan and Uganda, and about community development projects in Senegal and Cambodia. That’s been such a privilege for me, and made me think my undergraduate degree in International Development Studies was finally coming into play, even just a little bit.

I went back to school in 2016 and did a two year Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction which took me to new and deep, and very challenging places as a writer, and resulted in my spiritual memoir, The Minister’s Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness and more. That book has been a tender and transparent journey for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to write about this beautiful and sometimes difficult life. Thank you for dropping by my site, and I’d love to hear from you.

Writing Awards

The Debra Fieguth Social Justice Award for Welcoming Refugees in Uganda, 2018.

Word Awards, First place long feature for Welcoming Refugees in Uganda, 2018.

Canadian Church Press award (second place) for personal experience article: Welcoming Refugees in Uganda, 2018.

A. C. Forrest Memorial Award for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism, honourable mention 2016,  for "Safely into the arms of Jesus."

Word Awards, First place Books (Culture) for Shifting Stats (World Vision, 2015)

Word Awards, First place Books (Culture) for Evangelicals Around the World, a global handbook for the 21st century (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Canadian Church Press, 2016. First place for Interview, Margaret Somerville.

Canadian Church Press, 2014. Third place for best blog, "Awkward Interview Moments"

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism, for "A Visit to the World's Newest Country," Faith Today, 2012.

Canadian Church Press, 2010. Second place for Interview, "Inspired by the Persecuted Church: Glenn Penner" by Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2009. First Place for Best Department in Magazine, "Homefront," by Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2009. First Place for Interview,"Freedom is an Incremental Process: An Interview with the author of The Shack," by Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2008. Best Feature. Honourable Mention. Women Alive, “Uncovering the Secret” Editor: Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2008. Magazine Department. Second Place. Faith Today, Kingdom Matters. Authors: Karen Stiller, Bill Fledderus, Emily Wierenga

Canadian Church Press, 2008. Magazine Department. Third Place. Women Alive, A Woman You Should Meet. Writer/Editor: Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2008. Service Journalism. Honourable Mention. Women Alive, “Secrets to Biblical Hospitality” Writer/Editor: Karen Stiller

Canadian Church Press, 2004. General Excellence Magazines and Journals. First Prize Faith Today, Editors: Karen Stiller, Gail Reid, Bill Fledderus

The Word Guild, Word Award, 2012. First Place: Long Article for Hemmoraghing Faith: Why They're Leaving, Faith Today

The Word Guild, Word Award, 2012. First Place: Short Article for Canadian Women are International Leaders (with Bill Fledderus), Faith Today

The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards, 2011. Award of Merit for Going Missional in Book: Christian Leadership and Book: Culture

The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards, 2008. First Place: Karen Stiller for “How Green is Your Conscience?” & “Rebel with a Cause” Childview/Enfants du monde