Ken Kessler is the visionary of Restoration Life. In describing his gifting and calling, Ken writes:
In 1983, as I was sensing a call into full-time ministry, the Lord gave me Colossians 1:28-29 as a life-defining Scripture. It reads, “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
After receiving this Scripture, Ken knew that his ministry calling was to help lead the Body of Christ into deeper levels of maturity. Since then, Ken’s calling led him in a variety of directions. He served for eight years as an associate pastor of a Southern Baptist Church. Prior to that, Ken owned a successful hospital management company. In preparation for his fifteen-year business career, Ken earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While serving as associate pastor, Ken earned his Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
In 1991, Ken was sent out by his local church to start a new Baptist church. This church, which is now called Restoration Life, began as a Spirit-filled, seeker-sensitive, Southern Baptist Church. That all changed in 1992 when we received our first prophetic word. The Lord called us to go forth as part of the Joshua Generation that would take a people out of religious tradition and into their end-time destiny. This calling created a major transition from our seeker-sensitive beginnings. Shortly after this word, we entered a season of learning how to hear the voice of God and how to minister in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Another transition occurred when God began to teach us the principles needed to minister in the last days. We learned to worship, to prophesy, to heal the sick, and to minister in deliverance. We had several years in which God gave us a significant revelation of His purposes for this generation.
A few years later, the Lord called us out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Presently, we are a non-denominational, Spirit-filled church.
In 1996, the Lord called us to become a House of Prayer for All Nations. Led by the Holy Spirit, we began to pray for revival in our city, our nation, and for the nations of the earth.
Another major transition occurred in 1996. Our pastor and his wife went to a conference where Mike Bickle, former Pastor of Metro Christian Fellowship of Kansas City, was speaking. Bickle called those who desired to be “forerunners” to help prepare the church for the coming of the Lord to come forward for the laying on of hands. As our pastor and his wife received this impartation, they began to sense another transition into a deeper understanding of our vision and destiny. We knew that Restoration Life was called to be part of the glorious, end-time church and to call forth the glorious bride of Christ.
During this time, the Lord gave Ken Luke 1:17 as another life-defining verse. It reads, “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” With certainty, Ken knew that God had called him to be a forerunner that would help “make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Specifically, God has called Ken to help restore broken lives (Matt. 17:11), to help make the church ready for the last days, to help make the church ready for the return of the Lord, and to equip the Body of Christ for the work of ministry.
Restoration Life is dedicated to preparing the Body of Christ for her end-time and eternal destiny. We want to be a church that says yes to the Lord–regardless of the price. We are very excited about the destiny and calling of our church. And we invite you to visit us to see if this vision is your vision also.