Ken and Keli write: “During this season of transition for our family, leaders in our lives have raised concerns about our well-being and satisfaction with our current roles and responsibilities. While we remain supportive and proponents of the vision and the goals of Three Worlds, we are stepping away from the Middle East to take some time for personal assessment, discovery, and evaluation with the Global Strategy office and others before possibly continuing in international service. Please pray for our family, especially our children in this season of assessment, transition, and processing the next chapter.”
Their Ministry Focus
From 2011 to June 2019, Ken and Keli served Cairo Christian Fellowship, providing pastoral leadership. Both served extensively in the wider region of Europe and the Middle East as members of the Three Worlds team, supporting and developing healthy church leaders. Ken provided connection with the Church of God in Lebanon, was an external member of the consultation team for the congregation in Rome, and was the Three Worlds point person for refugee relief partnerships with the Church of God in Germany.
Few of our global personnel have had such an influence on the younger generation of emerging leaders as Ken and Keli Oldham, inspiring them to think about missions and in shaping them through discipleship. That alone is testimony to the way that God has and continues to use them to shape lives for service to the Kingdom.
Both their families share a rich heritage of dedication and service. Ken was born in Anderson, Indiana, to Bill and Lucy Oldham. His father met his mother on an Anderson College Tri-S trip to her native country of Guyana, South America. His father went on to pastor churches in Indiana, Alabama, Louisiana, and West Virginia. Ken’s grandparents, Ed and Meriam Oldham, served as missionaries in Guyana as well as serving churches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, and Colorado.
Keli was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents, Frank and Pat Camper, served in pastoral positions in Michigan and Ohio. Keli grew up with a tender heart toward urban ministry, originally planning to study social work.
Ken and Keli met and married as students at Anderson University. Before their appointment with Global Strategy, Ken and Keli pastored congregations in Tennessee and Alabama, congregations with deep connections to and a passion for the work of God internationally.
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