Education: Attended Hope University in Fullerton, CA. Transferred and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Have fun and help yourself. One of my great mentors was a man by the name of Wayne Smith. Wayne "borrowed" from many sources. I try to quote the source when I know it, and I try to be original when possible, but you will find a mixture of new and borrowed material (truth is truth and why reinvent the wheel).
Sermon or series that made a difference: A man named Gary Riker preached a sermon in Hemet, CA. on the prophet Elijah and his fight on Mt. Carmel - it concerned taking a stand. I took a stand and pledged my life to the full-time ministry.
One of my favorite illustrations: Fear - Louie Armstrong’s story about fetching water with a bucket from the pond. An alligator rears up. He drops the bucket and runs back to his Aunt Hattie May. Aunt May says to get back down there and fetch the water because that alligator was as scared of him as he was of it. Louie says "If that alligator is as scared of me as I was of him, that water ain’t fit to drink any more."
Family: Ken and Lara Kersten were married in July of 1990. They have three kids: Kelsey, Chloe & Bubby. Ken and Lara both attended Hope University in Fullerton, CA. and then graduated from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO.. Before assuming the Senior Minister role at Olathe Christian Church, Ken was the Senior Minister for eight years at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Campbellsville, KY.
What my parents think of my sermons: They’ve never heard me preach.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: hmmmm
Best advice given to me about preaching: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Always remember that there is a broken heart in every pew.
There is NO SUBSTITUTE for Bible study and prayer.
Books that have had an impact: The Bible - God
The Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning
The Contemplative Pastor - Eugene Peterson
Searching for the Invisible God - Philip Yancey
Wild at Heart - John Eldredge
Hobbies: Family, Sports, Reading.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: It may not always make sense and be reasonable but God loves you, he has provided a way for you to be saved and here’s how it is done.....
Something funny that happened while preaching: We had a VBS in which we filled the top of the church with helium filled balloons. During my sermon the balloons started descending. I started cutting points. By the time I was done the entire sanctuary was filled at head level with balloons and I couldn’t see under them from on top of the stage.
What I want on my tombstone: See You Soon!!!