This year’s leadership forum will provide insights and practical applications that will help individual people and churches reawaken to God’s presence, live with simple abundance, and discern our calling.
Register by the early bird deadline and receive a free copy of Pastor Ken’s book “Survival Guide for the Soul”.
Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada.
An energetic and creative communication style brings his sermons to life, setting the congregation at ease while challenging them with the gospel. On any given Sunday congregants are often surprised by the props Ken uses, whether it’s a hamburger under a napkin or a music stand as a javelin.
A global thinker, Ken is honoured to serve as a trustee for World Vision Canada. Before entering full-time ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Ken’s outward energy is fed by a deeply contemplative personal life. He enjoys reading spiritual classics and pursuing most monastic ideals.
In the summer of 2000, while travelling to Japan, Ken took some extra time to spend with his friend Sakiko Otsuka and they were married the following spring. In June 2008 they joyfully welcomed and became parents of Joey.
They love exploring nature through sailing, hiking and the company of Sasha, their Golden Retriever. Ken received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, which is awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the country. He also received a World Vision Ken McMillan Hero for Children Award in 2017.
Ken studied business economics and philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois, receiving his bachelor ’s degree. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary.