Rev. Dr. Karl E. Goodfellow

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Rev. Dr. Karl E. Goodfellow, 73, minister and writer, died at his home in Indianapolis, Ind., on Jan. 14, 2024, after a 2.5-year challenge with cancer.


A celebration of his life and interment in Manlius, N.Y. will be held at a later date.


Karl was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Aug. 19, 1949, to parents George and Sue (Hoag) Goodfellow. After graduating from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Karl attended New Jerusalem School of Discipleship and Onondaga Community College. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Oral Roberts University. 


Karl loved God, reading, writing, the Green Bay Packers, cups of coffee and road trips. He was a gentle soul who always put people and spiritual affairs over earthly logistics. Karl marched to his own beat and considered the whole world his congregation.


Karl was a United Methodist minister for 30-plus years, serving churches in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia and Iowa, including Guttenberg and McGregor. For over 30 years, Karl, founder and leader of the Safety Net Prayer Ministry, researched prayer and provided prayer models and tools to teach people how to pray.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Elizabeth Goodfellow. He leaves four children, Jessie Goodfellow of Dallas, Texas, Kristy Goodfellow Mills (Barry Mills) of Washington, D.C., Kayla Goodfellow (Daniel Comiskey) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jonathan Goodfellow (Megan) of Wake Forest, N.C.; six grandchildren, Eldon, Parker, Pearl, Wallace, Woodrow and Arthur; and niece, Jane (Tim) Senke.


Goodfellow was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Laurie Liepke.

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