Submitted February 2019 by Chris Simpson
His Early Years
Kenneth Edward Simpson was born in Mercedes, Texas on November 14, 1948, to his proud parents Edward “Buster” Simpson and Lillian Simpson. He was the first of three children and lived the majority of the first 18 years of his life with his family on a farm in Santa Maria, Texas. Ken attended Valley Grande Elementary and Academy, graduating in 1967. He graduated from Southwestern Union College (now Southwestern Adventist University) with a Bachelor of Theology degree in August 1971 and from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity Degree in December 1973.
Years of Ministry
Ken was employed by the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists his entire career. He was a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor for the first 28 years of his career. A list of the churches he pastored is below. He finished the last 16 years of his career by serving in the Trust Services and Planned Giving Department of the conference.
His Retirement Years
After his retirement on October 1, 2016, Ken sang with the Shreveport First Church Worship Team and spent time arranging the team music to provide the best harmony. He also taught an adult Sabbath School class. Unfortunately much of his retirement was spent fighting his Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ken passed to his rest on September 12, 2018 in his home in Keithville, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Chris, of Keithville, Louisiana; son, Gary and wife, Heather, of Apopka, Florida; brother, Clifton and wife Dian, of Arlington, Texas; sister, Sharon and husband Edwin, of Burleson, Texas; two grandchildren, Tyler and Kyle Simpson; three nieces, Traci Simpson Baun, Genia Fornal Bowyer, and Jennifer Current Haley; three nephews, Travis Simpson, and Nathan and Andy Collins; six great nieces and three great nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Marc Simpson, and his parents, Edward and Lillian Simpson.
Ministerial Life of Kenneth Simpson
Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, MI – September 1, 1971 to December 1973. Called by Elder E. Frank Sherrill to be an employee of the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference in late December 1970, while a senior theology student at Southwestern Union College. Graduated from SUC in August 1971, got married August 18, 1971, and started Seminary September 1,1971. Received his Master of Divinity Degree December 1973.
Internship at Gentry/Siloam Springs District – January 1974 to December 31,1974.
Associate Pastor of Gentry District (Gentry and Siloam Churches). First son, Gary, born in Siloam Springs in August 1974.
Pine Bluff/Monticello/Stuttgart Company/DeWitt Group – January 1, 1975 to March, 1977 – 1st District on own. Moved in on Christmas Day.
Batesville/Mountain View/Clinton District/Heber Springs Group – March 1977 to March 1979. Second son, Marc, born in Batesville in December 1977.
Lake Charles/DeRidder District/Ft Polk Group – March 1979 to October 1985. Ordained to the gospel ministry June 16, 1979, at a regional camp meeting in Shreveport at Hirsch Coliseum.
Benton/Malvern/Arkadelphia District – October 1985 to May 1991. Built the new Malvern Church while there.
Siloam Springs/Lincoln District – May 1991 to May 1997. Boys able to live at home and attend Ozark Adventist Academy.
Monroe/Jonesboro, LA District – May 1997 to September 30, 2001. Ken’s last district as a pastor. Gary met his wife Heather there. Marc died there.
Conference Office – October 1, 2001 to October 1, 2016. Associate Director of Trust Services working with Terry McCormick from October 1, 2001 to December 31, 2008. Director of Trust Services – January 1, 2009 to October 1, 2016.