Ken Mann

South Campus Pastor

Family & Roots 

My family hails from Rochester, NY on my dad’s side, and Birmingham, AL on my mom’s side. I always thought that was unbelievable how my parents ended up together, having been from two such different parts of the country.  Then I met my wife, Kim, who is from Los Angeles – I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL!  We have two amazing and hilarious kids, Emily and Carson.  We also have a 10 lb. Mini-Dachshund named Bruno who has enough personality for a Great Dane.


My father was the director of a science center who loved knowledge and my mom was a school teacher who had a lot of faith.  Growing up, we attended church on Sundays, but it was mostly just social for me.  I loved playing sports (basketball, football, baseball) and did well in school, so I didn’t feel like I had much time for church and honestly thought I was too smart for it, anyway.  At the beginning of my sophomore year in college, I hit rock bottom and began looking to see if there was any evidence that God even existed, and, if so, what He was really like.  I read through the book of Romans and God used that experience to help me realize that there was a bigger world that I could choose to step into.  Because of my experiences, I can identify with people who discount Christianity and have a negative view of the Church.  The best part for me is that by identifying with people in that mindset, I have been given the opportunity to challenge their objections and extend grace to them so that they might step into God’s family.

More About Me…

 What do I enjoy doing in my spare time? 

Weightlifting, reading, playing basketball, and traveling with my family

Favorite places to eat? 

4Rivers BBQ, The Columbia Spanish-American Restaurant (mmmm…), and Chick-fil-A.

Favorite movies? 

Star Wars, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (edited version 😊), and just about any Marvel movie…

Ideal vacation spots? 

Islamorada in the Florida Keys, The Rocky Mountains, North Carolina, and any amusement park with roller coasters!

Hidden talents? 

I like cooking extravagant meals (every once in a while), am a pretty good snow skier, and can eat an entire container of raw chocolate chip cookie dough…