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Lights From the Forest

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.

Matthew 5: 15-16

Many of our members serve local, national and international organizations with hands-on involvement, board leadership and financial support. Rather than have an “in-house” service/mission committee, thus, we’ve chosen to support our members’ endeavors.

Each month, in our Lights From the Forest feature, we lift up a member whose service organization and efforts will inspire you. Please be in touch with our featured members or Ken Feske to find out more about their area of service, and join them!

Ken White


Ken White is an agent of goodness, encouragement and compassion. He is involved in nearly a dozen efforts — from serving the homeless through The Salvation Army, to providing free Monterey Pop Symphony concerts to young people. “I like to see people progress,” he shares.

Ken’s foundation? “I had the greatest Christ-like parents who never went to church. At age 16 I went to a Federated Church, gave my life to Christ. . .Christ is my Savior, and that is all that matters to me. Bible Studies are alright but are self-enriching. I prefer being involved with people, hearing their stories and helping those who need help.”

The Salvation Army has been a commitment for thirty years of Ken’s life. Ken is also devoted to the transformative power of music-making for underserved children, supporting  the Monterey Pops Symphony’s choir at King Elementary School in Seaside. This choir often performs with the symphony.

Ken cannot think of a life without the joy of helping others. “Life has to be joyful, fulfilling.” He patterns his life after the encouragement of Acts 20:35–“I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

For more information, connect with Ken on Sundays, or email Ken Feske