Seek Ye First: Karen Lafferty (b. 1948)
Karen Lafferty was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. The following year, she was living in southern California, working as a nightclub entertainer. Under the influence of Christian training from her parents and her early Baptist heritage, she began witnessing to nightclub patrons about the grace of God and the love of Christ. She became active in Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, becoming a worship leader and concert artist.
In 1971, following a Bible study on Matthew 6:33, Karen Lafferty composed "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God“ (United Methodist Hymnal, 405), which went on to become one of the most often-sung songs of early Christian contemporary music and endures as a favorite of children and adults. It appears in most hymnals today.
She recorded a number of albums with Maranatha! Music, worked with Youth With a Mission in Holland, and founded Musicians For Missions International (MFMI) in 1981. For more than twenty years she has led music seminars and musician outreach activities in more than fifty countries. While living in Amsterdam, she and MFMI were regularly involved in ministry to prostitutes and street people.
Today Karen Lafferty lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has relocated the international headquarters of MFMI there.
For More information on Karen Lafferty, see www.musiciansformissions.com/KL/biography/index.php
Women have always written hymns for the church, and Women's History Month is an opportunity to celebrate some of their work.