The major part of Ken’s life is rooted in the Appalachian Mountains where his father was a coal miner. After his father was unable to continue working in the coal mines because of health reasons their family moved to Northern Virginia where he met and married his wife Judy. Ken and Judy have two children, Hannah and Seth.
Soon after the birth of their son, Ken answered the call to ministry and became a student at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley West Virginia. After graduating in 1986 he returned to Northern Virginia and became the senior pastor of Bradley Forest Bible Church in Manassas.
In 1991 the opportunity to return to his roots became possible as he heeded the call to become the pastor of MHBC. During his tenure here he has completed a Masters degree at Grace Theological Seminary and has recently begun Doctoral studies at Northland International University.
Pastor Ken’s heart for ministry is seen in his passion for developing a team of leaders who are committed to the task of the Great Commission. His vision for ministry is to see MHBC exalting Christ by showing the Beckley Community the love of Christ in practical ways and discipling those that God saves so the work of the ministry may grow effectively.
Ken and Judy are avid bird hunters. Together they enjoy raising, training and hunting their own bird dogs. A trek to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to hunt grouse and woodcock is an annual affair.
Pastor Bruce came to MHBC to serve as youth pastor in 1995. Before that he graduated from Appalachian Bible College with his BA in Youth Ministries. Before that his desire and calling to minister to young people came out of a background steeped in camp ministries. He strongly desires to minister to the apathetic churched teen of this day and age because that is the life he was saved from.
Bruce met his wife, Greta, in his last year at Appalachian Bible College and they now have a son, Caleb. Bruce and Greta have been married almost as long as he has been working at MHBC. Greta, who also has a B.A. from Appalachian Bible College (Hers is in Counseling), plays an active role with the young people as well as within the church.
Bruce loves to spend time in the outdoors doing whatever the season calls for. He believes that it is out in nature that we can so clearly see the hand of God as creator of this world we live in. That love culminates in teen activities that range from fishing to skiing to biking to backpacking.
Bruce and Greta believe that building relationships is the key to impacting the lives of teens. Because of this Bruce is often found doing something one-on-one with the teen guys while Greta is heavily involved in the lives of the teenage girls and loves them dearly. While both of them are far away from where they grew up, in Maryland (Bruce) and Indiana (Greta), they have both found God’s place for them here and He has given them contentment, and joy ministering to the teens at MHBC