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General Information

Name:  Ken Wayne Qualls  

Pen Name: Ken Qualls

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1951 in Murphysboreo, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Murphysboro, Illinois and my family moved to Centralia, Illinois when I was two years-old. I grew up in Centralia. I gratuated from Centralia High School in 1970. I attended Union Univerisity in Jackson Tennessee and moved back to Illinois. I now reside in Centralia, Illinois. One of my mentors who encouraged me to write was Illinois editor, writer and storyteller Robert J. Hastings.

Biographical and Professional Information

I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister. I have pastored churches in Illinois for thirty-four years. I have also written devotional article for newspapers during this time.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Just Thinking Out Loud
ISBN: 1607913976

Xulon Press. 2009

Ken Qualls Just Thinking Out Loud is a compilation of articles about various aspects of Christian thought and life. It takes a look at our foibles, follies and flaws and gently encourages us to remember that we are ambassadors of the kingdom of God. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious the author stands firmly on the Word of God and understands the grave responsibility Christians have to rightly interpret it. He strongly believes that we owe it to the world to be equipped to give an intelligent, well-reasoned explanation for the faith we profess. This book inspires, admonishes, encourages and edifies. The reader will quickly sense the passion Qualls has for the Bible and his compassion and respect for both fellow believers and unbelievers. Ken Qualls is an ordained Southern Baptist bi-vocational pastor. While a junior in high school he answered the call to preach which was a surprise to his pastor and his wife, Ferdie and Margaret Shimpf, who thought that God would use Ken as a professional comedian. Ken attended Union University, Jackson, TN where he sang with an amateur gospel quartet known as Living Proof. His first article appeared in the July 8, 1981 Illinois Baptist as a guest editorial and for the next thirty years people throughout the Midwest have enjoyed reading Qualls insightful articles. He is now pastoring Blaze Chapel Baptist Church where he began his pastoral ministry many years ago. Through Reigning In Life Ministries he hopes to encourage small, struggling churches to be about the Father's business regardless of their size or circumstances.

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