• Ken Wettig

Ken Wettig

Serving in: Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving since:
2021

Ken Wettig is serving as the initiator and director of SLAQ, (Servant Leader Quest). SLAQ combines real life outdoor adventure with faith formation to raise up, from diverse backgrounds, servant leaders for the next generation church. Ken began to share and pilot his dream of SLAQ in the spring of 2020. With its healthy combination of faith formation and outdoor adventure, SLAQ, as a generational ministry, has tapped into the interest, and excitement of both parents and high schoolers.

SLAQ has 3 distinct yet interconnected aspects: adventure, formation, and leadership. There are nine monthly adventure excursions as an entry way available to youth ages 13-17, that culminates in a weeklong 100 plus mile bikepacking “Faith Adventure.” Formation follows through a Discipleship Co-op that can come alongside both parents and a local church and provide a context for deepening Christian faith and action among a cohort of high school students. A core group of emerging adults are invited to practically hone their own leadership skills as they serve the SLAQ project and are regularly mentored by Ken.

Ken is a native of British Columbia, Canada, and a longtime resident of Virginia. His life drastically re-oriented as a teen through an encounter with the living Christ at Green Bay Bible Camp. Soon after his conversion he had a second transforming experience when he had the opportunity to be a participant in the Earth Quest program out of Vernon, B.C, spending an entire semester of grade eleven doing outdoor schooling, and adventure training.

These two experiences combined to give a sense of purpose to life, and an appreciation for the role of challenge in developing confidence and character. Since those years Ken has been invited into numerous formal roles of servant leadership including as program director of Our Community Farm, Co-pastor of Early Church, and community minister for Coracle. Having completed his Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Ken hopes that SLAQ will be used by God to inspire a spirit of Christ-centered servant leadership among the next generation of Christian leaders.

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