Karissa is originally from Peoria, Illinois and began attending Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in the summer of 2016 when she moved to the area. Karissa has been serving as Office Administrator for RGBC since July 2017. Karissa graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a M.S. in Higher Education Administration and B.S. in Marketing. She is married to Leighton and they have a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Anna.