Karen Kay Flaherty has been a member of Christ Temple most of her life – she is a third generation “Christ Templite.” She is the daughter of Mareda J. Duncan, the wife of Mark Flaherty, the mother of Kandyce Kay Lykins, and grandmother of Scarlett Wren Lykins.
Kay, as she is affectionately called, grew up working in the church. She was baptized at a young age and received the Holy Ghost at age 14. After receiving the Holy Ghost, she immediately began working in the church. She served on the Bible Bowl Team, the Christ Temple Youth Choir, the Usher Board, the Sound Ministry, and the Kitchen Staff. Kay enjoyed learning from her Grandmother, the late Janie Majors, and other Mothers in the church. She enjoyed their dedication to God, the knowledge of the scriptures, and sense of fashion. Kay declares this is why she loves to wear hats and gloves to church. “I believe in dressing up for Jesus and giving Him your best.”
Kay is a graduate of North Central High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Indiana University-Bloomington. Kay also received her Master’s Certificate in Health Systems Management and Paralegal Studies. She joined the Indianapolis Police Dept as a 911 operator after college and was soon recruited to join the Police Department as a Police Officer. While on the Force, Kay decided it was not the right path for her; she resigned and was hired by Eli Lilly and Company. While at Lilly, Kay held several positions: Training Specialist, Executive Assistant in Legal, and a Privacy Associate in the Ethics and Compliance Department. While she enjoyed her 26-year career at Lilly, the Lord moved her from labor to reward. In December 2017, Lilly offered her an early retirement and she accepted. Now, Kay is blessed to be an entrepreneur of her own business as an Independent Consultant through Arbonne International.
Kay has served in many positions within Christ Temple. She served as the Vice Chair of the Young People’s Department, a Sunday school teacher, a coach to the Jr. Bible Bowl Team, The Deaf Ministry, The Christ Temple Women’s Dance Ministry, The Implementation Leadership Team, the G.T. Haywood Scholarship Committee, and various other activities within Christ Temple. With a strong sense of duty for protecting the house of God, Kay was named the Head of Security at Christ Temple in 2013. She is also one of few female heads of security in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.
Kay was a member of Clothe-A-Child (clothes needy children during Christmas) during her whole career at Lilly. She is a Section Chair of Pro-Bono-Indianapolis Paralegal Association, a Volunteer teacher/mentor at Shortridge High School, a Child Advocate/Court Appointed Special Advocate, a volunteer at the American Red Cross, and a coach/mentor of Toastmasters International. In 2007, Kay worked at the Indiana Chapter of the Democratic Party to help then-Senator Barack Obama. She also attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado to work for the campaign, when Obama accepted the nomination from his Party. Kay was taught that the skills, abilities, and talents you receive from God should be used to His glory both inside and outside of the church.
Kay’s favorite scripture is Psalm 27:4: “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”