Ken Owens Named Missions Mobilization Team Leader For SCBC
Effective January 1, Ken Owens will now serve as the Missions Mobilization Team Leader for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. This transition was announced during the final Executive Board meeting held last month.
“Ken Owens is a mobilizer. All of his life and ministry have been invested in casting vision for and equipping people to live on mission. I’m excited to see how God will use Ken’s leadership gifts and experience to help churches advance in fulfilling the Great Commission by sending more and more workers to the nations,” said SCBC Associate Executive Director Jay Hardwick.
Owens brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position. He received a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson. Since this time, Ken has served in various aspects of ministry:
- Director and Associate Director of the Collegiate Ministry Group for the SCBC,
- Campus Minister for multiple universities in South Carolina, as well as Averett University in Virginia, and
- Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky.
Additionally, Owens brings a great understanding and passion for missions, local and international. He has led mission trips in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. In his role in Collegiate Ministry, he has trained and mobilized over 1,300 students to serve in summer missions throughout the world.
“During my years of leading collegiate ministry, I have seen firsthand the impact that an Acts 1:8 mission strategy has had on student missionaries who have served locally and globally as well as those who have received the good news through their faithful witness. As such, I am excited about working with our churches, staff and mission agencies to build upon the SCBC’s strong mission heritage to see every life saturated and transformed by the hope of the gospel, beginning in South Carolina and extending across the globe.”
Owens is married to Maria, and they have one son, Matthew.
Jay Hardwick says, “With 2 billion in the world who have still never heard the name of Jesus, the time to send is now and I’m convinced Ken will lead us well to accomplish this purpose.”