About

Walking in the Lord’s beautiful Creation – Appalachian Trail, Central Virginia

Church:

I am a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church in Forsyth County, Georgia. In March, 2017, I was ordained as a deacon to serve the church. For more information on our church, visit this link: https://www.bethanypbc.com

This is the foundation of my life and marriage, and I look forward to growing more in God’s Word and Ways in my senior years.

Family:

I have been blessed to be married to a good, Godly, and attractive wife – Sandra, since September, 1975. We have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 10 grandchildren (6 granddaughters, 4 grandsons). The grandchildren’s ages range from 4 to 24.

Background:

I am originally from northeast Kansas (born in December, 1952). I moved a good bit as a child (dependent of a career Air Force member), living in 3 places in Kansas, 1 in South Carolina, and 3 years in England (during my “middle school” years).

Military:

After graduating from high school (June, 1970), I enlisted in the Navy and served 6 years as an electronics technician in the nuclear submarine force. I was designated qualified in submarines in November, 1972 while on patrol in the Mediterranean.

Education:

After my Navy enlistment, we moved to Mississippi (Sandra’s home state) where I attended Mississippi State University on the G.I. Bill. There, I obtained two Bachelor’s degrees (B.A. – Communications, B.S. – Computer Science). In the late 1980’s, I went to school at night for 3 years to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Work Experience (retired March, 2018):

While working on my two bachelor’s degrees, I worked for 5 years as a radio sports announcer. I broadcast high school sports and had a weekly sports talk show. It was the most enjoyable job I had in my work life.

After completing my Computer Science degree, I worked in the IT (Information Technology) industry for 36 years before retiring from work in March, 2018.

Personal Interests:

Hiking: I love to walk in the Lord’s beautiful Creation. In the early 1990’s, I began a quest to hike the 2, 190 mile Appalachian Trail (AT). To date (May, 2019), I’ve completed the first 900 miles. In my retirement years, Lord willing, I hope to continue my journey towards the northern terminus in northern Maine.

Photography: I enjoy taking pictures and videos of my hikes, as a way of “documenting” my journey north on the AT (as well as hikes on other trails). The advent and improvement in digital photography (still and video) has very much helped with this effort. I also enjoy “filming” sights from our travels.

Movie-Making: Starting in mid-2014, I began using my pictures to create movies to better show my hikes north on the AT. I also create movies from pictures and videos taken on other hikes and our travels. These include regular trips to Disney World, as well as visits to other places. The resulting movie files are published on my YouTube channel (Ken Brenner) for others to enjoy. Here’s a link to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/kenwbrenner Feel free to subscribe and click the notification icon (bell symbol) so you’ll know when I publish new movies).

Sharing my Movies: Since my retirement, I enjoy visiting church families and local assisted living homes where I show my movies. For the seniors, it is a way for them to experience things (travels, hiking, etc.) that they’ve not seen or are no longer able to do. It is a huge blessing to me to see the enjoyment they have when I make my presentations. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve His people.

Disney World: If you visit my YouTube channel, you’ll see a playlist dedicated to our visits to this magical place. We typically are there 3 nights and 2 days. We stay at the Dolphin hotel (located in the park) and enjoy going to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Basically – it is my “Happy Place”.

Cruises: I love to go on cruises. We’ve done 4 thus far: Bahamas (1998), Western Caribbean (2003), Alaska (2004), Eastern Caribbean (2008). Now that I’m retired, I’m look forward to other cruises, especially 4- and 5-day cruises out of either Port Canaveral (near Orlando) or Tampa.

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