Pastor Dr. Charles Karuku Lives The American Dream,
Leads Opening Prayer for Minnesota State Senate

Charles-KarukuSaint Paul, Minnesota – On May 2, 2016, Dr. Charles Karuku exemplified the American Dream when he delivered the opening prayer for the Minnesota State Senate. Karuku is an example of what coming to America is all about and illustrates what Dr. Joseph Castleberry wrote in his book, “The New Pilgrims,” where he shares the impact that immigrants have and are making in America.  Dr. Karuku immigrated to the U.S. from Kenya, Africa and is impacting many people through his mentoring and ministry programs.

Dr. Karuku is the Founder and President of International Outreach Church, a growing and very diverse multi-racial church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, reaching over 18 nations. He is an active member of the Covenant Life Ministerial Fellowship that brings together leaders from across the United States and around the world.

Dr. Karuku is also the President of the Institute of Leadership and Mentorship (ILM), which specializes in leadership development and capacity building.

As a Presidential Statesman and an appointed Representative of iChange Nations for the North American Division of the United Nations in New York, NY, Dr. Charles Karuku was honored by the organization with the prestigious iChange Nations Global Leadership Award in December 2015.

Dr. Karuku holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Leadership. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities in recognition of his efforts in mentorship and leadership development. As an experienced trainer and communicator, Dr. Karuku speaks into the lives of many leaders in the areas of relationship, business development, and advice in decision making. He has a burning passion to develop leaders and build capacity in organizations. His simple philosophy is that leadership can be learned and leaders can be made. As a speaker and trainer, Dr. Karuku has travelled widely for seminars and conferences in leadership development in over 21 nations across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, Canada and Africa.

Dr. Karuku states “This is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had. It was quite an honor to be able to serve our state.”

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