Ken Gosnell

M.Div. ‘06

"An advocate for fatherhood."

Ken is the senior director of national programming at the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), which was born out of a 1993 meeting of prominent thinkers gathered to address the growing problem of father absence in America. In his capacity at NFI, Ken is in charge of three of the organization’s programs, working with companies across the country to develop father-friendly policies and to provide workshops for companies on how to engage fathers in work-family programs. He also works with correctional facilities to reintroduce inmates to their children and family responsibilities.

When asked to further explain the importance of what he does at NFI, Ken explains, “We understand the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. We partner with organizations across the country to develop materials for fathers—we talk to corporate dads about how to stay involved in the lives of their children…and with men in prison, who may need to learn from scratch the skills to become better fathers.”

One of the primary reasons that Ken felt so compelled to work with NFI was that, as he learned about the organization, it “reflected a lot of what [he] had loved about Regent: the concept of impacting the world through Christian leadership.”

Ken has also just planted a new church in Catoctin Mountains in Maryland, where he serves his new congregation along with his wife, Shonda, and three children: Carli, Caleb and Kaiden.

*Ken’s story has been adapted from Bobbie Fisher’s article entitled, Developing the Dad in Every Father.” (Christian Leader Magazine. Fall/Winter 2008, 34-35).