Ken Howard

Church creator, pastor, author, speaker, and ordained Episcopal clergyman, the Rev. Ken Howard has led, served on, or mentored the leadership teams of several church startups and turnarounds.

His current congregation is St. Nicholas Church, an Episcopal congregation he founded in 1995, and where he and the leadership have spent the last 18 years developing lean and experimental approaches to creating and sustaining Christian community.

He is the author of the book, “Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them” (Paraclete Press, 2010), and has published articles on the future of the Church for Anglican Theological Review, Vital Practices (The Episcopal Church Foundation), Witness 6.7 (The Anglican Communion), and others, including his own blog, Paradoxical Thoughts. He has worked with a number of churches and dioceses on applying lean and experimental approaches in their own contexts. And he is currently working on his second book, with the working title, “Church-X: A Lean and Experimental Church for an Undiscovered Future.”

His presentation “Stealing from Startups: A Church Goes Lean” won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Lean for Social Good Summit in Washington, DC.

He describes his professional vision as “Seeking the transformation of the Church for its future while preserving the heart of the faith.”