Ken began ministry to college students more than 20 years ago as a college student on the campus they were attending. Through the ministry of Baptist Collegiate Ministry and their college church, Ken and his wife Dondi felt God’s call on their lives to collegiate ministry during their final year at Central Missouri State University. During that time they began preparing to move to the northwest as self-funded missionaries. Ken served as the director at Clackamas Community College for 5 years while attending seminary at the NW Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He then served as Interim Portland Metro director for 6 months before accepting the full-time position as director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Idaho. From Idaho God took the Harmon’s to Pittsburgh PA as North American Mission Board Career Missionaries where Ken was responsible for starting the collegiate ministries at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as recruiting a team for the Pittsburgh Metro Campus Ministries. After 4 years in Pittsburgh God provided an opportunity for the Harmon’s to take a short sabbatical and return to Missouri to renew relationships with their family before Ken was appointed as the Portland Metro Director in 2001. Ken served in that position until the NW Baptist Convention transitioned the role to a church planting strategist position. Ken has a strong love for churches and church plants. Ken feels that the strongest collegiate ministries have a strong partnership with the local church. But it wasn’t long after moving to a church planter strategist role that the Harmon’s knew that God was asking them to once again stand in the gap on behalf of college students in the Northwest. Every student on every campus deserves to have the opportunity to experience the Gospel and know God loves them.
Since 2012 Ken has served as a self-funded missionary as the director of Northwest Collegiate Ministries and the pastor of the congregation the Harmon’s helped plant in West Linn, OR where they live. They continue to find a great passion for the NW and God’s faithfulness in his provision.