Founder | Executive Director | Principal Consultant
Ken Howard is executive director and principal consultant at FaithX: Strategic Missional Consulting, a nonprofit consulting practice equipping faith communities and the organizations that support them to survive and thrive in turbulent times.
Ken is co-creator of MapDash for Faith Communities (with Matt Felton of Datastory), a next-generation, online, interactive, map-based to for data-grounded strategic missional assessment and planning. He also is the creator of the Mentored Missional Journey, a 6-month guided missional discernment program, designed to help judicatory organizations develop a “living missional strategy,” and the Congregational Vitality Assessment: A Research-Based Diagnostic Inventory.
Twenty-five years ago Ken Howard left a successful career as a corporate rightsizing, non-profit startup, and strategic leadership consultant to become an ordained leader in the Episcopal Church, focusing on ministry development, redevelopment, and ministry innovation. With the launch of FaithX under an extension of ministry agreement from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Ken’s calling came full circle, combining broad consulting and organizational coaching expertise with a deep, experience-based understanding of how faith-based communities and judicatory organizations can identify and engage missional opportunity.
Ken has founded, pastored or provided consultation to dozens of church starts, church redevelopments and other faith-based organizations, and has authored several crossover articles on the relationship with business-based and faith-based organizational dynamics.
A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with honors in Church History, Ken was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (Westcott House) and Glastonbury Abbey, and engaged in postgraduate study in Emerging Christianity at Yale School of Theology under Miraslav Wolf. He is an I.C.F.-trained coach, a certified church planter assessor, and a certified Myer-Briggs interpreter.
Ken is the author of several books and articles, including:
- Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them
- Excommunicating the Faithful: Jewish Christianity in the Early Church
- The Religion Singularity: A Demographic Crisis Destabilizing and Transforming Institutional Christianity
The great grandson of an Orthodox rabbi from Belarus, Ken says he likely would have become a rabbi himself if not for making the mistake of betting a college roommate that he prove that Jesus was not the Messiah. How did a nice Jewish boy become an Episcopalian? “It was the most Jewish church I could find,” he says.
Born in West Texas and raised in Southern California, Ken moved to Virginia for his secular career, and then to the Maryland suburbs of DC for his ordained career. Ken likes to say he was one of the few people he knows who was able to squeeze a four-year bachelor’s degree into nine short years and three different institutions of higher learning in two different states (he also holds a M.Ed. and an M.Div.). His two children are grown and embarked on careers of their own: one a parish administrator in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the other a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Ken and his wife recently celebrated 42 years of marriage. He enjoys bike riding, trying new and different ethnic foods, reading speculative science fiction and fantasy, and contemplating the connections between quantum theory and faith.