Father Ken has served as Rector of St. Thomas since the summer of 2007. He brings to his work a love of Episcopal liturgy, an awareness of personal and group dynamics, and a commitment to open and honest communication. He is active in the church at local, diocesan, and national levels.
Father Ken was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, but moved to Mandeville, Louisiana at the age of one. He spent the first thirteen years of his life enjoying small town life, picking up pecans from the big tree outside his house, biking with his friends, and being nourished by a loving non-denominational Christian church about eight blocks away.
His life changed radically when his father took a job at a teaching hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he found himself attending an international boarding school in Kodaikanal, South India. Once the shock of being in India wore off, he found himself loving this mountaintop oasis. He shared living and learning with children from over fifty different countries and developed an abiding respect for views and practices different from his own. He graduated from high school in 1986.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, he attended Wheaton College in Illinois. Although his major was psychology, he spent many hours making theater. Father Ken discovered the Episcopal Church at Wheaton and was grateful for the elegant liturgy, the appreciation for mystery, and the emphasis on ancient spiritual practices. To earn money for college, Father Ken worked as a counselor on an adolescent psychiatric unit. He graduated cum laude in 1990.
Following college, Father Ken spent two years working with the homeless in Washington, DC. He coordinated administrative activities at Christ House, a mission of Church of the Savior, and was active in medical and social outreach to those living on the margins of society.
In 1993, Father Ken began drama therapy studies at New York University and graduated with a Master’s degree in 1997. His passion for psychology and theater came together in group work with children and adults at sites throughout the city, ranging from therapeutic schools, psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, and prisons. He is still a registered Drama Therapist, although his focus is on parish ministry.
In 2000, Father Ken was called to holy orders while coordinating the children’s program at The Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City with his wife, Rachel. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated cum laude in 2003. He served as Associate Rector at The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, New York, before moving to Sun Valley in 2007. In the Diocese of Idaho, Father Ken is active at all levels of church life. He is currently Chair of the Idaho Deputation to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church (Austin, 2018) and Chair of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry.
Father Ken is married to Rachel Miller Brannon, a clinical social worker at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and therapist in private practice, and the proud father of Lucy and Isaac, now young adults.