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Karla Akins

Christian Speaker
North Manchester Indiana 46962

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Inform. Encourage. Inspire.

Inform. Encourage. Inspire.

Contact Information

Position Christian Woman Speaker
North Manchester, IN 46962
United States

Speaking Ministry Details

  • Salvation Date
  • 1970
  • Home Church
  • Christian Fellowship Church
  • Relationship to Church
  • Pastors Wife at
  • Available for
  • Business Speaker, Conferences, Keynotes, Musician with CDs, Published Author, Retreats, Specialty Author, Trainer, Workshops
  • Speaking Experience
  • Experienced (over 10 events)
  • Fee Range
  • Works with Your Budget

More About Karla Akins

Karla Akins is the mother of five, including twin sons with autism. She has a bachelor’s in special education from Western Governors University and a doctorate in Christian education from Kingsway Theological Seminary. She has nearly four decades of teaching experience in homeschooling, private school and public education.

Akins has also served in ministry for more than 30 years and is co-minister at Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, Indiana, with her husband, Eddie. She is also a popular speaker at conferences and retreats.  

In addition to A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting, Akins is the author of four other books. Her first novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots, featured a homeschool mom and a child with autism.

Akins enjoys riding her motorcycle, sipping chai lattes and snuggling with her three dogs and two cats.

Karla Akins Speaking Topics

Don’t Drown in the Fishbowl: Survival for Pastor’s Wives, Ministers and their Families

This is a great presentation for pastor’s wives retreats, minister’s conferences, or any women’s retreat. Karla shares her life as a struggling pastor’s wife of nearly 33 years....

Loving the Prodigal: Overcoming the Pain

You raise them in the Word of God from the moment they’re conceived. You teach them as you walk along the way. And yet, they decide to reject God’s Ways to try life on their own...

Supernatural Dangers: Workshop(s) for Teens & Adults

Walk in any bookstore or library today and you’ll find shelves overflowing with books dealing with the paranormal. And it’s not just the Teen or Young Adult/Adult bookshelves anymore....

Reaching The Harry Potter-iPhone-iPad-3-D-movie Generation: Children’s Ministry Workshop

Have a handful of teachers but lots of kids of different ages? Karla shares her tips on teaching multiple levels in one room! With a doctorate degree in Christian Education and over...

Teaching and Ministering to Children with Special Needs

The child with special needs has a healthy spirit that needs nurturing! Get practical tips on helping special needs children and their families attend church classes and services successfully....

Teaching and Ministering to Children with Autism

A child with autism has a spirit that we as Christians are called to nuture. Get practical tips on helping the child with autism and their families attend church classes and services...

The Church’s Call to People with Disabilities

One of Karla’s favorite stories in the bible is found in Mark 2. Jesus was teaching in a house “so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for a single person more, not even...

Strong Girls: Workshop for Teen Girls

Does being a Christian woman mean you can’t be strong? How are young women to respond to the messages they receive from today’s feminist culture? Young women live in a dangerous...

Time Management (for Busy Ministers or Writers or Entrepreneurs or Homeschoolers or…)

If time is an illusion, why do we have such a difficult time keeping track of it? Karla is a busy mother, caregiver, pastor’s wife, minister, church pianist and vocalist, writer,...

Bible Study Retreats

Is there anything more delicious than finding hidden treasures in the Word of God? Karla doesn’t think so! With a bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology, Karla’s first love is diving...

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Do you ever feel as if you’re in over your head? Worried that you aren’t qualified to teach your special needs child? Learn why you’re the expert on your child and their condition....

Homeschooling Children with Autism

Has God called you to teach your child with autism at home? Do you wonder what the most important skills are to teach? Get practical tips on coping with tantrums, learning social skills,...

Homeschooling Children with ADHD

Is your child’s active personality really ADHD? Learn what ADHD really is, why homeschooling is a valid choice for children with ADHD and why parents are qualified to teach their...

Homeschooling the Difficult Child

Are you dealing with a difficult child? Karla is the mother of five adult children, two with autism, one with ADHD and bipolar. She shares tips for tantrums, loving your difficult...

Cottage Schooling

Would you like to start a cottage school? Then this workshop is for you! Learn how Karla started her own cottage school and why it’s a great alternative for families with special...

Homeschooling Multiple Levels

What teaching strategies work best for teaching a preschooler, first grader, fifth grader and 10th grader all at once? Which curriculum lends itself well to teaching multiple...

Homeschooling Using History as Your Curriculum “Spine”

Tired of worksheets and countless books that having nothing to do with one another? Learn how to integrate all school subjects and objectives with history! Karla shares creative ideas...

Homeschooling History Using Historical Fiction and Narrative Biographies

Can children really learn about history by reading fiction? Published author, Karla Akins, shares why narrative biographies and historical fiction help students remember historical...

Design Your Own Curriculum/Unit Studies Using State and National Standards

Want to learn how to homeschool your child for free? In this workshop you will learn how to access local and national standards for each subject in your homeschool. Is it a good or...

Technology and Your Homeschool

Is technology really all that important? How should you use it in your homeschool? When should you not use it? Learn some creative ways to integrate technology in your homeschool and...

Creative Writing in the Homeschool

Have a gifted writer in the family? Learn from published author, Karla Akins, how to foster that gift with practical tips and creative writing ideas. She will also share the climate...


Karla is a skilled pianist and singer. She has written many songs that she sings from the piano. She also has a wide repertoire of hymns and contemporary music she performs with accompaniment...

Karla Akins Events

Karla Akins Resources

A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting

"A parent's gripping journey of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of her two boys dealing with significant challenges brought on by autism." --Stephen Mark Shore, EdD When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God. Laced with humor and compassion,  A Pair of Miracles  is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal...

Posted by Karla Akins on 07/15/2017

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots

Karla's first novel!  Description: Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she's not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed......

Posted by Karla Akins on 01/31/2016