Rev. Ken Schmidt
Pastor Schmidt began serving as Interim Pastor at St Philip on September 2019.
Director of High School & Transitional Ministries
I have been privileged to serve alongside the children and youth, currently focusing on high school youth, here at St. Philip for nearly 9 years. Youth are an extremely important part of the Body of Christ and I feel strongly called to encourage youth in finding their spiritual gifts and in understand their value in the Body. In so doing I am energized by their gifts, their ideas, and their willingness to let me join them on their faith journeys and to be a part of my own. I am so blessed to see youth grow in their leadership, confidence, and faith!
I am child of God, a wife, and mother of two. I enjoy riding horses in my free time, as well as hanging out with my dog, 2 cats as well. You may find me posing as a musician playing guitar/bass in the Crossing worship service. And, as a graduate of N.C. State I am a Wolfpack fan through and through. I am a questioner and wonderer and I invite all of God’s children, of every age, to jump in to explore together the faith walk God has set before us!
My wife H’Bong and I were born and raised in Viet Nam, and St. Philip Lutheran Church sponsored us when we were refugees from Viet Nam. We have two adult children—Adam and Elle, both who have served in the United States Military Service.
We are members of St Philip Lutheran Church. We have represented St Philip Lutheran Church at several NC Synod Assemblies, and also have done a presentation at a NC Synod Assembly.
My wife H’Bong began work as the St. Philip custodian on May 1, 2001 and served as the custodian for several years.
While H’Bong worked as the custodian for St Philip, I worked at Lutheran Family Services for a number of years and helped coordinate their refugee program. When the economy caused my position at Lutheran Family Services to be discontinued, I started doing similar work with refugees for an agency in Durham. When H’Bong took a factory job with ConAgra Food Plant in Garner, I became the St. Philip custodian.
H’Bong worked at ConAgra Food Plant in Garner until June 2009 when they had a serious explosion that injured and killed numerous employees. H’Bong happened to have been sick the night of the explosion, and so fortunately wasn’t injured by the explosion. ConAgra closed the plant down after the explosion and all of the employees lost their jobs.
We live in Raleigh, and look forward to meeting and getting to know you.