Kenneth Hensley is a nationally known Catholic teacher and author who, since converting to the Catholic Church in 1997, has worked extensively in the field of apologetics. He has been interviewed numerous times on Catholic radio and television and has been invited to address many Catholic conferences around the country. In addition, he has presented countless teaching seminars on apologetics at Catholic parishes around the U.S.
He specializes in teaching on subjects ranging from Natural, Christian, and Catholic apologetics, to Scripture, dogmatic and systematic theology, Church history, spirituality, and the art of evidentialist and presuppositional apologetics.
Ken came to faith in Christ at the age of 22 in an evangelical, non-denominational Protestant environment. His passion to teach others about Jesus Christ and Christianity led him to earn a B.A. degree in religious education (concentration in Scripture and theology) from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then earned an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, after which he enrolled in doctoral studies at Fuller. Ken eventually took a break from academia to serve as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Riverside, California. Three years later, he was ordained as a Baptist minister in the American Baptist denomination and began eight years serving as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Montrose, California.
In the Spring of 1993, more than four years into his ministry in Montrose, Ken learned that a friend from his seminary days, Scott Hahn, had converted to the Catholic Church from Calvinism. He contacted Scott to ask, “What have you done!?” Thus began more than three years of prayer, struggle and an intense rethinking of his entire worldview as a Christian. In September of 1996 Ken resigned his pastorate after deciding to enter the Catholic Church with his wife, Tina.
Commenting on the Ken’s skill and effectiveness as a teacher of biblical apologetics, Scott Hahn (now a renowned Catholic Scripture scholar and professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville) wrote:
“Ken is an expert pastor, with a pastor’s heart, who can make the Bible come alive! He has been a good friend for a decade and a half. I’m looking forward to more of his teaching in the future.”
During the sixteen years since becoming Catholic, Ken has focused most of his teaching on Christian and Catholic apologetics. He speaks nationally on apologetics themes such as demonstrating the existence of God and the validity of the Christian world view, showing the irrational absurdity of atheism and its “naturalist” world view, defending the cardinal truths of Christianity (e.g., monotheism, the Trinity, the divinity and Resurrection of Christ, etc.), and major Catholic apologetics issues pertaining to Protestant errors including sola fide, sola Scriptura, and “eternal security.”
Most recently, Ken co-authored with Patrick Madrid The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism, which Fr. Ronald Tacelli, S.J., professor of philosophy at Boston College, described as:
“A full-scale frontal assault on the New Atheist’s stronghold… With remorseless logic, wit, skill, and boundless, joyful enthusiasm, The Godless Delusion lays waste that stronghold, routs the enemy, occupies the high ground for Christ their king, and dares anyone to retake it.”
Ken and Tina have been married for 33 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. They live Fillmore, California.