Ken defines himself as many things: husband, father, son, brother, a follower of Christ, a Pastor, and a friend. He is a man of many talents and interests including fishing, football, baseball, and reading but his life almost ended too soon when he was hospitalized in 2008 with sepsis. At his heaviest, Ken weighed 455 pounds and took eleven medications, but acknowledges that he was mostly just existing. When given the opportunity to be part of The Biggest Loser Season 11, Ken agreed to go to support his son, Austin, and feels that through that six-month experience he fought for and won back his life.
Ken graduated from high school in his hometown of Page, Arizona, then continued his education at Bethany University in Santa Cruz, California. While attending Bethany, Ken met and married his wife, Lori. After graduating in 1985 Ken began his career in ministry, working in three different churches as a Youth and Associate Pastor before becoming lead pastor of a church in Pasadena. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and has been a licensed/ordained minister since 1985. Ken and his wife Lori have three children: Austin, Adam and his wife, Sherell, and Abby.
BIGGEST LOSER EXPERIENCE
When chosen to participate on The Biggest Loser, Ken began the adventure of a lifetime. What began as an expression of love and support for his son Austin quickly became a very personal inner-journey to wholeness. In week 3 Ken began to realize the core issues that had brought him to over 400 pounds were buried deep in his life, and that his problem was bigger and deeper than his obesity.
Having very little recollection of his childhood prior to age 7, Ken found himself remembering both good and tragic events from his childhood. As he worked through those difficult memories he experienced a deep sense of healing through his faith in God, the love of the other contestants, and the support of the trainers, casting, and production staff. Ken realized that he will always need to work hard to maintain a healthy weight, but the Biggest Loser experience has given him the tools he needs to succeed. Ken has continued his health journey, keeping off most of the weight he lost on the show, and celebrating the bigger transformation which occurred inside him.
HIS ADVENTURE CONTINUES
In February of 2012 Ken resigned from his position as lead pastor of Pasadena Christian Center to launch a health ministry with his son Austin. That health ministry is now known as Fit.Church. Having served his church in Pasadena since 1993, this move was difficult, but an outward expression of Ken’s new determination that part of living is taking a leap of faith.
The past few years have been exciting as God has used Ken to speak to hundreds of churches, meetings, and special events. He has experienced personal victories such as running his first half-marathon through the Disney parks and touching the lives of hundreds of individuals through RetroFit. Through RetroFit, Ken led three Faith & Fitness camps, multiple seminars and multi-week courses to support people in making health changes in their lives. Through his ministry, many people have found a support system to help them make changes.
Ken and Austin have branched out since the Biggest Loser show ended by exploring the field of fitness and nutrition. A certified Personal Trainer through NASM, Ken is committed to researching and leading in physical, emotional and spiritual health in the Christian church. What began as RetroFit has morphed into Fit.Church, an online community for people to continue their transformation journey to spiritual, emotional and physical health and wholeness.