One of our dear comrades, Pastor Ken Silva, has passed away after a long illness.
Ken died last night in his New Hampshire home. A veteran researcher and reporter, Ken founded Apprising Ministries as well as Christian Research Network, two foundational apologetics sites where he wrote about trends in the church. Ken loved the Lord and loved sharing his faith. Ken was also a pastor at Connecticut River Baptist Church in Claremont, New Hampshire, since 2003.
In recent years his degenerative illness worsened, and it became more difficult for Ken to write. This past July, Ken reached out to many of us in "discernment ministries," with word on what he was going through physically, financially and spiritually:
"...Our plan is for me to still try and battle through all of this because it truly does seem like, at its root, it’s a spiritual thing. Unfortunately though, I’m certainly not Job. We really need much prayer support to weather this.
As always we are very grateful for those of you who have been praying for, and financially supporting, AM these past nine years. That said, I must tell you that we are currently in the worst financial slump we’ve yet faced."
Please pray for his many friends and family members, especially his wife Donna. There will be an online memorial for Ken. Check it out here.
On a personal note, I was blessed to meet Ken about 4 years ago when I first started in this ministry, talking by phone and via email whenever I had questions about the different movements that he covered. He always had time for this new kid. His expertise and faithfulness made a huge impression on me, and I will miss him. Here is a wonderful radio interview with Ken Silva from last summer, via SAID Radio. If you want to get to the heart of Ken and what he was so passionate about, give it a listen.
For those of you who have been impacted by the wisdom and research of Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries, his friends and colleagues have put together a touching and beautiful online memorial service broadcast live over the internet at Pirate Christian Radio. Listen to the broadcast here. Download the PDF of the memorial service and follow along with the message here.