Background for Pastor Kenneth J. Davidson
Pastor Ken Davidson was born January 1st, 1961, at the old hospital in Atlantic, Iowa (5th & Oak) to Verne and Rosemary (Pearson) Davidson. He missed out on being a tax deduction by 53 minutes (New Years baby). With his younger brother, He grew up on a farm located 2 miles northeast of Lyman and west of Cumberland, Iowa. His mother, Rosemary, lives in Atlantic. His father suffered a stroke in 1979 and died in 2013. His younger brother, Roger, currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. In 1979, Ken graduated from Cumberland and Massena Community High School with a class of thirty-two. He was involved in band and drama, receiving 7 State Speech One Ratings (a preacher to be). Ken didn’t originally have the ministry in mind so he attended Iowa State for 2 years before enrolling at Concordia, St. Paul. In 1983, he completed college at Concordia College of St. Paul, Minnesota, with a major in Natural Science. He graduated from Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, Missouri, in 1987. His vicarage (or year as a student pastor) was at Zion Lutheran of Clark, New Jersey, which is located in the greater New York City area. Ken also served Hispanic Internships for 2 summers in El Paso, Texas, but his regular vicarage was at Zion Lutheran of Clark, New Jersey.
He was ordained into the public ministry on June 28th, 1987, at First Lutheran of Wiota, Iowa, (where he had also been baptized and confirmed) and was installed as Associate Pastor for St. John’s Lutheran of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on July 12th, 1987. After serving St. John’s of Scottsbluff for four years, Pastor Davidson accepted a call to Oxford, Nebraska. He was installed as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran of Oxford, Nebraska, on November 24th, 1991. On November 23rd, 1997, he was installed as pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, where he served until he accepted the call to serve Zion Lutheran in Atlantic, Iowa. Ken belongs to Lion’s Club and is the treasurer for the Ministerial Association, the Family Crisis Support Network, and Operation Barnabas. Besides his responsibilities as Pastor, Ken belongs to Men’s Club and Golden Years. In his spare time he likes to read and (Alice once said) “likes to putter” in the garage and fix things.
It was while Ken was visiting a seminary friend in Cheyenne that he and his future wife Alice met. Their first date was an outing to Ft. Collins, Colorado. They became engaged at a Jewelry store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ken asked Alice which ring she wanted, and she picked it out. On August 10th, 1991, Pastor Davidson married the former Alice Rentschler at St. John’s Lutheran of Howard, South Dakota, (where Alice had been baptized and confirmed). She had been serving as parish worker for Trinity Lutheran School and Church of Cheyenne, Wyoming, since July of 1987.
Alice is the 2nd youngest of 9 children born to Henry and May (Stransky) Rentschler on April, 26th, 1961, in Madison, South Dakota. She grew up on a farm eight miles northwest of Howard, South Dakota. Her parents still live on the farm. Alice graduated from Howard High School in 1979 with a class of fifty-four. Later she attended Technical School and received her LPN degree from Watertown Vocational School. She worked a few years in the hospital at Madison, South Dakota, before returning to school at St. John’s College of Winfield, Kansas. She was later part of the last graduating class from St. John’s College of Winfield, Kansas. In 1986, she earned an Associate Degree as a Parish Worker from Concordia, Mequon, Wisconsin. She then served at Trinity Lutheran of Cheyenne, Wyoming, until their marriage. Alice is currently the lead teacher for the 3 year olds in our preschool, assists with the 4 year olds, and helps with Kids Come First. She belongs to the LWML and is involved with the Children at Home program, helping children with disabilities. Alice’s hobbies include reading, crocheting and scrapbooking. She likes it when all the family is together and favors cooking shows on TV. Ken and Alice’s bucket list would include more extensive travel, including trips to Hawaii (Alice) and Europe or Israel (Ken). Ken wold also like to work on a Doctorate of Ministry.
The Davidson’s have been blessed by God with three children: Elizabeth May (21 years old) on February 2nd, 1994, Matthew Henry (19 years old) on October 18th, 1995, and Timothy William (17 years old) on September 5th, 1997. They also have three dogs that complete their family: Angel (11 years old), Gizmo (6 years old) and Cleo (2 years old). They also help take care of their great niece Ariana Claussen. Pastor Ken, Alice and their family are celebrating their 10th anniversary with Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. We are thankful for their ministry among us as we ask God’s blessing on their future.