transitioning…

I'm going to be a bit sporadic with blogging for the next couple months.  My schedule is more hectic than ever before… and will be for the next 3-4 months at least.  If you haven't heard, my wife and I are packing up the kids and moving back to the States this summer.  We've put our house on the market and hope to be moving at the end of June/ early July. 

After being away from our families for twenty years, Kathy and I have decided it's time to be near them.  We want our kids to benefit from being surrounded by their grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins.  It's time.  So we made the decision in the fall of 2009, told our church in February, and have launched the transition details.  Kathy's family lives just southwest of Minneapolis… so that's where we're headed.  We've purchased a lot and have begun to build a new home in a nice family community with loads of kids and trails and lakes.  Looking forward to settling down for the long haul– watching our kids grow through their teen years and run off to college… Wow. 

Until recently we weren't sure about what I would be doing for employment.  I had originally hoped to be planting a church or finding a strong pastoral position somewhere… but to be honest I was open to whatever God had for us.  After I resigned from our church in Calgary, though, I had the privilege of investigating a couple options— and with much prayer and consideration I've accepted a position on the faculty of Crown College, just west of Minneapolis, as their Professor of Youth and Family Ministry.  I'll tell you more as time comes closer.

Kathy and I feel so blessed.  Though our time in Calgary was shorter than we expected, we are so thankful for the ministry we were strategically placed into during our 3.5 years here.  I have trouble imagining a more wonderful job and more wonderful partners in ministry than I've had at Brentview.  Our young adult group is well poised for the future, however, and we can't wait to see all that God is going to do among them.

Anyway- that's a quick update.  I'll post as I can.  Thank you for visiting my site regularly and allowing this to be my reflection sound-board.  I appreciate all of your comments and interactions!  Blessings, Ken.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

6 thoughts on “transitioning…

  1. Sounds great Ken. I wish you the best. We’ll be in San Diego as of next month. Blessings… and your new job sounds like a great fit.
    Rob

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  2. Thanks you for your kind words Sheila! Yes, after many years in Canada it’s time to settle back in the States for a while. We’ll miss our many friends and experiences of ministry from the 12+ years we’ve had altogether up North!

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  3. Wow, Ken that is fantastic! Congratulations! We miss you already but I know God has great plans for you! Family is so important, especially as your folks get older, they need family around them. This will be a wonderful time for all of you, what a blessing you both are!
    Praising God for you today,
    Sheila

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