Dr. Karl Barden passed away on October 4, 2013, at his home in Port Ludlow, WA, surrounded by his family. He loved his Lord, his family, his church, and the Pullman community, which he called home for over 35 years. His life was a testament to faithfulness and hard work, which has inspired many worldwide. He fought the good fight and he finished his race well. Today he stands in glory with Jesus.


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“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

— Isaiah 40:28-31

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29 Comments

  1. 10-27-2013

    Pastor Karl was truly a unique man of God. His ministry and teaching changed my life. He lived what he preached and set the example. Many times things he said in his messages come to mind, i.e. “Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude” and many others. He ran the race and now has received his reward. Thank you Pastor Karl for laying down your life and being a servant!

  2. 10-26-2013

    Pastor Karl is a great example of living with Jesus, for Jesus, through Jesus. He has impacted not only his family and those around him, but also my nation (Russia) and generations to come. Very fond memories of those days that I knew you. With love, Lena

  3. 10-24-2013

    I have wonderful memories of my good friend, colleague in the Lord, and brother in Christ. I learned much from Karl. He was often blunt and bold in his teaching and conversation, but always challenging me to be confident and grow in the Lord. One of my first challenging encounter was in 1976 when we came to a mid-week meeting by the pool at the house. Those were the “jumping” days and my life has never been the same since. Love and prayers to the family

  4. 10-24-2013

    We have great memories of sitting under Karl’s ministry. One Sunday he marched into our church with a JESUS banner and that was our first banner of others we ordered from the church. The gold, silver, and precious stones will be pilled high on that special day.

  5. 10-24-2013

    We are eternally grateful for Pastor Karl’s leadership and spiritual guidance in our lives. From young zealous Christians, JCD’s, Catechism, to HCL training, to when he married us, to starting our family in Pullman….many precious memories surround us and our time at LFF. We know you are dancing on streets of gold now, and will always cherish your leadership and being a spiritual papa to us. Love and hugs to all, ~Gene & Abbie

  6. 10-23-2013

    The best tribute I can give to Pastor Karl is to say that my family and I are forever and completely changed by his influence in our lives. Thank you PK.

  7. 10-23-2013

    I will always be grateful for the investment of love and support that I received from Pastor Karl. I first met him when I was 14 and started attending PCS. The Bardens’s accepted me as part of their family and I have many fond memories of time spent with them. He definitely was a father to me. He was there for my high school graduation, we were married by him, he prayed over our children during their dedication, and invested in our lives. Every time I saw him I was reminded of how much he cared for me. I will always remember and be thankful for Pastor Karl.

  8. 10-8-2013

    Pastor Karl created a wonderful, powerful, effective community with a genuine heart to serve so many generations. Although I arrived a year after his retirement I experienced the family-culture he built in Pullman through the legacy of his disciples – the leadership team. The mentoring, the culture of Christ during my stay was an immensely exciting chapter as I was discipled through needy moments in the toughest season of my life. I was challenged, inspired, disciplined, and mentored in love to sharpen my mind and soften my heart. Indeed, Pastor Karl was a great man. Thank you for teaching the truth on how to live out our faith. You have left wonderfully good, lasting, timeless fruit.

  9. 10-7-2013

    I will always be grateful to Pastor Karl because he created a space that I lived in for 17 years. This community had a powerful formation on my life. My character, confidence, experience, and passion for God really came into existence during my time in Pullman. PK inspired me in many ways too. I always loved his commitment to reading and his standard of excellence. And I think his pastoral heart came through strongest in his commitment to Christian foundations. The GG and Catechism programs were second to none. Pastor Karl did not bury any talents. I remember at a Newcommers meeting one time somebody asked him how he would sum up his feelings about God in one word. He gave it some thought and then simply said “all-in-all.” I think that sums it up pretty well. Thank you, Pastor Karl. Enjoy the glory of heaven.

  10. 10-7-2013

    Dearest PK – the church and the culture you built were exactly what I needed when I hit my lowest point in life, as a very young, lost and immature college student. You provided structure, discipleship, opportunity for growth, and a solid loving family where I had nothing. To this day, I use and teach principles and lessons that you and your family taught, and I would not be the leader, wife, mother, or woman of God that I am today without that which you provided. Thank you so much for everything, you will be so missed but I know you are dancing (or golfing) freely and forever now! Love you always, “Bubbles” =)

  11. 10-5-2013

    When I first met Pastor Karl Barden I was just out of the Air Force and I was at the University of Idaho getting ready to do ROTC and get my commission. I never had a “spiritual dad” before, and being that he was my natural dad’s age, he fit the mold. I immediately looked up to him. In many ways I am like him. I admired his journey and all that he had accomplished in his life…I mean, you don’t meet someone with a Doctorate of Theology every day do you?? When he stepped down as Senior Pastor at Living Faith Fellowship I was sad and glad both. Sad that his health was getting to him, but also glad that he would have this next chapter of life before him and his wife. That chapter came to an end this week as PK passed away. I’m of course saddened by this news, but more importantly (as PK taught me) we have a spiritual home that has been waiting for us and I know he’s there, in glory with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I miss you PK and I can’t wait to see you again someday. I share this for many of the people I know have known PK too so as we all mourn the loss of a stalwart man of God…let us all rejoice in the life that he’s lived…the life that he’s poured out into so many….and where he is at this very moment. Thank you PK…Rest in Peace my friend…mentor….pastor….leader…You will be missed!! Respectfully in Him

  12. 10-5-2013

    I’ll always be thankful Pastor Karl followed the call of God on his life. He changed my life forever. I sat in BF 2 for 12 years listening to him teach and each year brought deeper revelation of the Word and made me grow ever deeper in my faith. He was a lover of and superb teacher of the Word! I’ll always be thankful he created a church where we could apply what we learned in service to others by encouraging them to grow ever deeper in their faith. His vision for and creation of PCS and KRLF are even more that make me so thankful for him. Enjoy your rest in glory, Pastor Karl. You deserve it!!

  13. 10-5-2013

    I met Pastor Karl in the fall of 2000. I knew him for a very short time, but I will always hold a special place in my heart for him.

  14. 10-5-2013

    PK,
    It was the fall of 1997 when I landed in Pullman to get my BA degree. Little did I know that I would be invited to attend a church service. I showed up at LFF and the solid teachings that came from the pulpit made me think of my relationship with Jesus. As I became entwined in bible you broke it down and then went solidly into what the word had to say. I always felt like I got substance from your teachings that always needed digestion. I can say that because of your dedication to the Lord and your understanding on how to be a shepherd was something you were devoted to. The verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 27:17. It is because of your iron that I have been forever changed in my walk with Jesus. Your life here on earth touched me and the ripple will go through eternity. Thanks again P.K. for your dedication to the Lord

  15. 10-5-2013

    So honored to have known him and called him a friend. I came to a closer relationship with Jesus with his guidance, and I will be grateful always for his love and commitment to Christ…

  16. 10-5-2013

    I can’t think of anyone who has had a more significant impact in my life then Pastor Karl Barden. I had the privilege of being under his care, his teaching and training for nearly 20 years. And without a doubt, it shaped me to be the very man I am to this day. I am very grateful, blessed and quite frankly, “lucky”, to have been a part of his ministry for all those years. I have no regrets for the decisions I’ve made in my life, and I attribute that to the care and wisdom imparted into my life by the man, Pastor Karl Barden. He will always be remembered in my life.

  17. 10-5-2013

    We are very thankful to our Almighty Father for the servants He puts in our lives. Pastor Karl was so faithful to endure the call and therefore planted seeds in countless number of lives. We are so thankful for the teachings and the disciplines we learnt while at LFF that has carried forth till today and molded us into who we are. We rejoice with Pastor Karl as he enters into his Eternal Rest. Thank you Jesus for a faithful servant!

  18. 10-5-2013

    Pastor Karl was such an awesome shepherd! I loved his hugs and the way he smelled. I wouldn’t be the established Christian I am today without his love for Jesus and his teachings. Sometimes a word or phrase will cause me to reflect about all his sayings he had to help us grow, like “overcommunicate and have success, undercommunicate and have a mess.” Thank you PK!

  19. 10-5-2013

    I remember being called into his office after church one day, and worrying that he had something bad to tell me. He had just wanted to compliment me on how nice I had been looking, lol. I’m glad to have known him and to have grown in my relationship with Jesus because of His(and Baba’s) teachings.

  20. 10-4-2013

    Pastor Sherri, Kari, Juli and Tammy – My heart rejoices that my Pastor Karl is no longer in pain, however, I will miss him forever. Pastor Karl’s love, acceptance, teachings and vision led me closer and closer to Jesus. Because of his father’s heart towards us, my life and Darin’s were changed forever. I grieve with you all and will pray God continues to pour out his love onto you all.

  21. 10-4-2013

    May God Bless you all and keep you strong. I am very grateful for the teaching and the wisdom that Pastor Karl instilled within me. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him and the entire LFF family. I thank our Heavenly Father for blessing me with that opportunity. We take comfort in knowing that Pastor Karl has completed his works well here on Earth, and has gone on to glorify God in Heaven!!

  22. 10-4-2013

    May God Bless you all and keep you strong. I am very grateful for the teaching and the wisdom that Pastor Karl instilled within me. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him and the entire LLF family. I thank our Heavenly Father for blessing me with that opportunity. We take comfort in knowing that Pastor Karl has completed his works well here on Earth, and has gone on to glorify God in Heaven!!

  23. 10-4-2013

    P. Karl was the first pastor when I came to LFF. His teaching was amazing and in depth. He brought scriptures to an incredible new level that I never knew existed. He was thoughtful and caring for his congregation and community. God keep you in His arms, P. Karl. RIP.

  24. 10-4-2013

    When I first met Pastor Karl, I knew next to nothing about the Bible and absolutely nothing about the workings of the Holy Spirit.

    His commitment to systematic teaching, discipleship and worship opened the floodgates for me. Mine was only one of the many lives he helped change for the better. My heartfelt thanks, Pastor Karl. Bless you!

  25. 10-4-2013

    Such a father in the Lord to me! I shall always be thankful for Pastor Karl’s unswerving devotion and faithfulness to Jesus. “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers…” Thank you, Pastor Karl, for teaching me to keep reaching out to obtain the promises of God in Christ Jesus! You weren’t satisfied with the status quo, and you were willing to believe God, and worked to inspire us to believe Him, too. Thank you for your love for God’s Word, and for your love for people, and for speaking Truth, regardless of its popularity. I believe you’re now having a wonderful time with Jesus and others who have passed on! –Nancy

  26. 10-4-2013

    Paator Karl will be missed by our family. He was a part of all the big events of my life from my high school graduation to our wedding and the dedication of our children. I knew he was always there for wisdom and advice. I thank God that P.K. followed the call of God on his life and as a result many lives were changed for the better. Today he is rejoicing with his Father God pain free. Our love and prayers are with all the family.

  27. 10-4-2013

    P. Karl was great man, passionate for Christians everywhere to know who they are in Christ–and truly live out their faith. He was a mentor, teacher, and father in the faith–and will be greatly missed. Thank you, Papa, for challenging, inspiring, shepherding, discipling & loving us!

  28. 10-4-2013

    Although the miles may separate us our hearts are with our Washington family. Praying for you all.

  29. 10-4-2013

    His words were so wise, his belief in us never wavered and his hugs were the best! Love you, Papa, and so glad you are with your Lord and Savior. Hope the golf is good :). Much love, Trent and Sherri Goetze