Last week I put out a survey asking you what you wanted to see from me in 2019. I will share the results of that survey in next week’s post. As I have poured over responses, questions, and suggestions, something hit me square in the face: Over 50% of the people who read this blog have been introduced to my ministry in the last 18 months.
That means there is a decent chance you don’t know me very well!
So…let’s play a game of 20 Questions. We’ll start from the personal and move into ministry and corporate life:
1. What states have you lived in? California, New York, Kansas, Washington, and Tennessee
2. Where did you spend most of your childhood? Most of my elementary school years were spent in Central Kansas. During Junior High and High School we lived in Spokane.
3. Did you grow up with siblings? Yup. An older brother and a middle sister. (I guess that makes me the whack “middle child!”
4. Did you grow up in church? Yes. While we moved around a lot, we always found a good church. I always joke that I was born on Saturday, in church on Sunday, and if the doors were open, our family was probably there.
5. Where did you go to college? I went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
6. What did you study? I have a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling. Because of what I do, most people assume I have a Bible degree or an M.Div. Nope. I don’t have either. I’ve just spent a lot of time getting a “life-in-the-Bible” degree. (wink)
7. How did you meet your wife? Back in 1994 we were both counselors at a huge, week-long youth conference our denomination puts on. We had our first date the day after we got home. (All together now… Aaaaawwwww)
8. How long have you been married? This March will be our 23rd anniversary.
9. How many kids do you have? We have a high school sophomore (girl), 8th grader (boy), and 4th grader (girl). Yup. Three kids in three schools. We’re having a blast and we’re exhausted!
10. What was your first job after college? Technically, my first job after college was waiting tables at the Olive Garden. Two months later I quit, threw my guitar and some clothes in my car, and drove around the country for a few months visiting friends and family. 7,000 miles by myself – except one hitchhiker – and no cell phone! Four days after I returned to Tacoma, I “candidated” for a youth pastor job. I was the Youth and Worship Pastor at a small church plant called Hope Covenant Church for almost six years. Loved it!
11. What inspired you to start internalizing Scripture? If you’ve seen me speak in-person, you’ve likely heard this story. On April 18, 1993 I was invited to a word-for-word presentation of the Gospel of Luke by Bruce Kuhn. I went out of curiosity. Little did I know my whole perspective on the Bible would be transformed! I spent the next day with Bruce and he challenged me to soak in “large chunks” of Scripture. I started the next day.
12. What was the first book you internalized? Philippians was the first book. I read it every day for the summer of 1993. I never “shared” it with anyone though. After all, I wasn’t an actor. No school plays. Nothing. It didn’t even cross my mind to share it! Internalizing Philippians was such a powerful experience, I decided I wanted to know the life of Jesus like that. Internalizing the Gospel of John was a New Year’s Resolution in 1994.
13. When was your first public presentations of a book of the Bible? March 3, 1996 at North Seattle Covenant Church I presented the Gospel of John for about 150 people (mostly friends and family).
14. How many books have you internalized? Twelve (if you include The Sermon on the Mount as it’s own book). That said, there are typically only 4-6 that are “presentation ready” at any given time. You can see the list here.
15. How many books have you written? As far as books that are in print (there are several free eBooks on KeithFerrin.com) there are seven:
- Falling in Love with God’s Word (2003)
- Like Ice Cream (2011)
- How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible (2015)
- Rapid Bible Read Thru
- Bible Praying for Parents (Also available as an app on iTunes and Android)
- 11 Ways To Help Kids Fall In Live with God’s Word
- The Expert Interviews: All About Family Ministry (2018)
I’ve also had the privilege of contributing to a couple others…
- Devotional Ventures: 60 Inspiring Devotions by Business Professionals for Business Professionals
- Pulse: Pumping Life Into Your Children’s Ministry
16. Is ministry speaking and writing your full-time work? No. While I spend 70-80% of my time doing my writing and speaking ministry, I spend the rest of the time partnering with executives, managers, sales people, entrepreneurs, writers, (to name a few) to help them communicate more effectively. You can find out more about that at www.CompleteCommunicationSystem.com or www.True-Success.com.
17. What social media platforms do you use?
18. What is your favorite audience? That’s a tough one. I really have three. I never get tired of speaking to college students. I love their authenticity and desire to ask really hard questions. I also love presenting a book of the Bible (and unpacking it) in front of a whole church. And there’s nothing quite like watching the light comes on (no matter what age) when people grasp the simple principles of moving from “should” to “want” at a How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible Workshop.
19. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Anything with the word “coffee” or “espresso” in the title. Oh…and Rum Raisin.
20. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or speaking? My wife and I love good movies. I especially like twisty-turny movies or inspirational movies based on true stories. Other than that, I’m happiest when I am watching my kids do something they are passionate about, whether it’s volleyball, wrestling, soccer, music, a school play…or whatever they’ll be into next week!