I grew up in the church. Or as my mother would say, I was “yanked up.” My father was an elder and teacher in the church in Farmington. My mother was Sunday School teacher well into her 70’s. As I grew up, Church was our life. We would attend services 3 times a week, gospel meetings, church camps, etc. I was baptized into Christ Jesus in 1975 and was raised to live a new life. In high school I was a leader in our youth group and thought the Lord was calling me to be a youth minister. I received a BA from Lubbock Christian College in Youth Ministry. After spending a year as a youth minister, it was obvious to me that I wasn’t called to youth ministry. So, I returned to graduate school and got a MBA from Texas Tech University and began my career in the Insurance industry. Currently I serve as the Chief Operations Officer at AMERIND Risk. During graduate school, I was blessed by the Lord to marry Kathy Underwood. We celebrated 33 years of marriage last year. We are still raising our three children as that job never ends. Two are married and we have four grandchildren. We have lived in 8 different states during our marriage and along the way, I have served the church as a teacher, missionary, deacon, youth minister, trustee, preacher and elder.
As with all men and women, I have struggled with sin, success, failure, joy and tragedy in my life journey. All this has led to my understanding that, like everyone else on this earth, I need Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord. Like anyone, I have struggles in making Jesus the Lord of my life. But, through the grace and mercy of God, I endeavor to “deny myself, take up His cross daily and follow Jesus.” As Paul stated, “God has called some to be . . . elders . . .” I want to be faithful to whatever God calls me to be. A poet has stated “I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart — oh let them take me now. Into them I place these fragments, my life, and you, God — spend them however you want.” At the end of this life’s journey, I want to hear the words “Well done good and faithful servant.”
(Photo: Ken and his wife Kathy.)