The Rev. Kenneth Brannon
Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon serves as Vice Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the largest Episcopal Churches in the United States. In his role as Vice Rector, Ken oversees the staff and all operational matters, while the Rector, Chris Girata, focuses on vision, culture-setting, external relationships, and institutional development. This shared leadership model, less common in the Episcopal Church than in the corporate world, is yielding powerful and creative results.
Prior to moving to Dallas in 2019, Ken served as Rector of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho (2007-2019); Associate Rector of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Irvington, New York (2003-2007); and Seminarian at Saint Alban’s Church in Washington, DC (2002-2003). Ken completed his theological training at Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated with honors in 2003.
Ken was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, but moved to Mandeville, Louisiana at the age of one. He and his family regularly attended a small non-denominational Bible Church. At the age of twelve, Ken’s father took a job at a teaching hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Ken and his brother went to a boarding school in South India – Kodaikanal International School; he graduated from high school in 1986.
Ken attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and studied psychology and theater, receiving a B.A. in 1990. Ken discovered the Episcopal Church while at Wheaton and developed a lasting love of elegant liturgy, spiritual practices, and a Christian faith that is biblical, historical, and reasonable.
Following college (1991-1993), Ken spent two years living in intentional Christian community and working with sick homeless men at Christ House in Washington, DC, a mission of Church of the Saviour.
In 1993, Ken began drama therapy studies at New York University and graduated with a master’s degree in 1997. Prior to becoming an Episcopal priest, he worked as a drama therapist with emotionally disturbed children and psychiatrically diagnosed adults. He now realizes he was doing diaconal ministry long before he was ordained.
Ken is married to Rachel Miller Brannon, who is a psychotherapist in private practice and has a theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Ken and Rachel have two adult children: Lucy and Isaac. Lucy is a consultant with Ernst and Young in Dallas and Isaac is a sophomore at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
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Tuesday April 20, 2021
The Rev. Kenneth Brannon unpacks Psalm 23 for us today, revealing the Shepherd's promises of sustenance, safety, and surplus to God's flock.