Ken, founding guitarist of the Christian rock band Skillet, is the visionary Founder and President
of VISIBLE SCHOOL. Ken left Skillet's ministry in 1999 to start VISIBLE SCHOOL as a college for creative students to excel
in their craft while being in a supportive and nurturing Christian community, thus establishing the school philosophy of 1/3
academic, 1/3 vocational, and 1/3 spiritual growth.
As an Air Force kid, young Ken moved a lot and enjoyed writing poems and songs throughout his early
Ken spent his young adult life writing, playing, and recording music, writing film scripts and shooting
8mm films, and starting new ventures. After a stint as a teen guitarist in metal bands locally in Bossier City, Louisiana
in the 1980s, he taught guitar privately with a mix of rock and classical styles for the next fifteen years.
Dedicating his life to Jesus at 18, Ken began his extensive career in the Contemporary Christian music
world, with a lot of underground and independent bands and shows, some real industry experience in touring, recording, and
working with record labels, and a lot of ideas that were modestly successful for the kingdom of God. He was involved in the
launch of a small and short-lived Memphis indie record label Big Toe, in 1993.
Ken co-founded the band Skillet in 1995, writing and performing around the world, signed with Ardent
Records/Forefront, and worked hard with this amazing group with responsibilities in writing songs, playing guitar, backing
vocals, managing internet presence and development, tour management, booking, and record company marketing and promotions.
He began a small homeschool-oriented Cultural Arts Development Institute, with classes in music, language, and art in 1999
as he left the touring life.
In his heart was a vision of a school for "more Skillets" - young artists and their support people
that would impact the world through creativity, kingdom values, and loud music. Started in 2000 with a few key artist-instructors
and 21 students from around the world, VISIBLE SCHOOL has grown under his leadership to represent a new era in Christian education
- bringing diverse styles, diverse educational models, and diverse groups of people together to make a lasting impact on the
world. With the emergence of VISIBLE Media Group artists (with Ken as President and Executive Producer) and VISIBLE SCHOOL
graduates going out into the world, the future international mission of VISIBLE SCHOOL brings music and community together.
With professional affiliations in the Gospel Music Association (GMA professional member) and The Recording
Academy (Grammys) on the Board of Governors of the Memphis Chapter, Ken continues to work in all he does to make connections
between people groups and creative collaborations for the purposes of furthering the message of the gospel. He is an elder
and Worship Team Pastor at Lifelink Church in Lakeland, TN, and resides near the college with his wife, Joy, and two boys,
Freedman and Skye.
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