Ken & Lydia Birks
Ken has been married to his wife, Lydia for 36 years, plus. They
have two adult children, and three grandchildren. They
consider them their highest calling, along with the
many teens and children whom they have been foster or
surrogate parents to over the past 25 years.
Ken’s primary gift is in the area of teaching. He
teaches the word of God with passion and balance with
a prophetic slant. He has an intense desire to impart
a genuine love and appreciation for God’s Word. He is
called to teach and preach God’s word and write in
way that helps to shape and influence the minds and
hearts of God’s people everywhere.
Ken Birks is an ordained Pastor/Teacher in the Body of
Christ and is a pastor and elder at The Rock of
Roseville in Roseville, California where he also
functions as a Bible teacher. Ken has been a part of The
Rock of Roseville since
its inception in 1997. Prior to coming to The Rock of
Roseville, Ken was the Senior Pastor of Golden Valley
Christian Center, a non-denominational, Spirit-filled
church, for twelve years.
In February 1997, the Lord led Ken and his wife Lydia
to resign as Senior Pastor of Golden Valley Christian
Center, which was part of the Abbott
Loop Fellowship of Churches (Anchorage,
AK) under the apostleship of Dick Benjamin. After
pastoring for twelve years, Ken felt that he had
fulfilled his time as senior pastor to his
congregation, and that God wanted to do a new thing!
Ken attended and graduated from The Charismatic Bible
College of Anchorage where he came into relationship
with Apostle Dick Benjamin, who was then the Sr.
Pastor of Abbott Loop Christian Center (ALCC) in
Anchorage, Alaska. Dick Benjamin has been
one of the strongest spiritual influences in his life. Ken would say, “Aside from The Lord Jesus Christ, the
core of my spiritual being and the person I have
become is a direct result from the influence and
teaching I have received from Dick Benjamin for more
than 25 years.” Other influences have been Bob
Mumford from Life Changers and, in the past 10 years,
Pastor Francis Anfuso of The Rock of Roseville.
Ken is now
semi-retired and does wedding officiating in the
Sacramento Metropolitan area. He is still very much
involved in ministry at The Rock of Roseville and
continues to function as an elder. He has more
recently begun a writing ministry.
Ken also has an internet
ministry of “Sowing Seeds of Faith” located at
kenbirks.com which is a part of his umbrella ministry,
Straight Arrow Ministries. Sowing Seeds of Faith
reaches over 2,500 unique visitors a day with free
Bible studies, sermon outlines, audio and video
messages, podcasts, and other Bible study materials to
help equip saints for the work of the ministry.
Jim Feeney, Ph.D., Former Sr. Pastor and "Owner
and Webmaster at Pentecostal Bible Studies and
Free Pentecostal Sermon Central"
"I've known Pastor Ken Birks for several
decades. He and I have worked in various
ministerial capacities in the same family of
churches. Ken is held in very high esteem
among our many pastoral colleagues. He is a
minister with a strong grasp of the Word of
God, a broad variety of administrative skills,
a heart for souls, a proven experiential
familiarity with the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
and an unwavering commitment to the work of
the Lord. His wife Lydia is likewise a
dedicated servant of God. The two of them have
been an exemplary couple in the Lord's work,
and I have been honored to know them and see
the lasting fruits of their labors since the
John Dubler, Sr.
Pastor of Good Shepherd Bible Chapel
"Ken Birks is an extremely effective teacher
of the Scriptures. He combines a healthy
respect for the Word with enthusiasm and
personal experiences that match what he is
teaching. I strongly recommend him as a
pastor, teacher and elder. Ken is a man of
unimpeachable integrity and his longevity in
the Body of Christ as a pastor give credence
to the message of hope and encouragement that
he brings to all."