I’m Ken and God led me and my family to start a new church in Baltimore in September of 2015. He has taken us on a long journey to get us here.
My wife, Gina is a former All-American track and Field athlete from the University of Tennessee. She was born into a pastor’s family and has always had a heart to go where there are no churches to reach people for Christ. Not long after graduation she spent a year living at the Mallory Youth Center in Baltimore working with innercity youth.
I was raised in a non-Christian home, but was invited to church in the 6th grade by a teacher. In spite having no family support in my new church interest, I continued going and found a “family” at church when my family was breaking up at home. I found faith there and sensed God’s call to ministry as a freshman in high school, though I was distracted for a while from my calling in college. Shortly after I graduated with a management degree from Texas A&M, I renewed my faith, and God brought me back to His calling for my life. A few years later, I moved to North Carolina to go to seminary.
Gina and I met at seminary with very different callings on our lives. She wanted to be a missionary and I wanted to be a pastor. It wasn’t until we helped her parents in a church plant that we knew we had found exactly what God was calling us both to do. That’s when we decided God was calling us to get married and we began our journey into church planting.
After we graduated from seminary we went on staff with a missions organization to plant churches in Europe. We were trained and trained others in church planting for about 3 years. During that time while I was raising support I had the opportunity to attend many church planting conferences and visit some really successful church plants all over the US. Spending time with these pastors I gained a wealth of wisdom from their experiences. Also during this time we were able to be a part of helping out a number of church plants. But it was when we spent a week in Baltimore with my work that God surprised us and gave us a love for Baltimore that has never gone away.
We connected back up with the pastor and his wife that Gina had worked with 20 years before, and began going up there once or twice a month to help their church. I got the opportunity to preach numerous times, and our family fell in love with the people of Baltimore; the broken, addicted, blunt, blue collar, old town people of Baltimore. Our lives have never been the same since. It has been 5 years since that first meeting with that church, but we feel God has prepared and trained us over the past 13 years for such a time as this.