Karl Poppelreiter serves as pastor/elder and Bible teacher of Snowline Bible Church in the El Dorado County community of Pollock Pines. He was called to pastoral leadership in 1991 at Valley Bible Fellowship in Boonville, co-pastoring alongside Eric Peterman & Dave Kooyers for a dozen years. Over the years since, Karl has ministered on the elder staff and taught God’s Word at Grace Community Church outside Placerville, and Sequoia Bible Church in Eureka. In addition, he has spoken at churches, ministries, and conferences throughout Northern California. Karl received his theological training under the late Dr. Mal Couch of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute, in Dallas, Texas.
Karl has a particular passion to unite the Jewish environment of the Old Testament with the lives and ministries of Jesus and His apostles. Inside the context of Jewish culture and tradition, the person and work of Jesus revealed in the New Testament take on new clarity and freshness.
Inside the context of Jewish culture and tradition, the person and work of Jesus revealed in the New Testament take on new clarity and freshness.
Karl has been blessed to wear a broad range of uncommon hats. His lifelong career as State Park Ranger found his Smoky Bear hat hanging all around California, culminating at State Park Headquarters in Sacramento as Chief of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services. Now in retirement, Karl continues to assist the State Parks in a variety of mentoring and investigative capacities. Before retirement, Karl was able to take a 2-year “sabbatical” away from parks as Chief of Police for Humboldt County’s Victorian village of Ferndale.
Karl and Margaret, his lovely wife of 36 years, make their home above snowline, in Pollock Pines. They can often be found in campgrounds around the state with their tomcat, Chewy. As time and commitments permit, they visit the Midwest to enjoy time with their sons, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters.
God has graciously allowed Karl to live “larger than life,” enjoy a number of distinguished positions and titles, and have a direct and positive impact on the lives of individuals and whole communities. To that end he is quick to echo John the Baptist’s assertion, “Ekeînos deî auxánō emé dé elattóō” … “He must increase, but I must decrease.”