Deaconess Betsy Karkan serves the Concordia University Chicago community as the Ministry Assistant to the Campus Pastor. 

Feeling called to pursue a vocation as a professional church worker, she transferred to Concordia-Chicago in 2005 from community college in order to study theology and deaconess ministry. During her years as a student at Concordia-Chicago she was active in Student Led Campus Ministries, Residence Life, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, and was part of the Westfield House study abroad program in Cambridge, England. She graduated from Concordia-Chicago in 2008 with a B.A. in theology before beginning a 2-year deaconess internship in Thailand as a missionary with LCMS World Mission and the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation-Thailand. She has been on staff at Concordia-Chicago since 2010, and is looking forward to many more years of service.