I have been in ministry full-time for seventeen years. I have been an Elder in the United Methodist Church for nine of those years. I have served as a youth minister, associate pastor, senior pastor and a church planting pastor. After five years of working on planting a new UMC, I left that appointment to assume my current ministry as an Associate Pastor and work in spiritual formation. I currently serve on the Connectional Ministries Board of the North Georgia Annual Conference representing the area of Spiritual Formation.
I graduated from East Carolina University in 1993 with a B.S. in Communications and then completed my studies for ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996 with an M.Div. Currently, I am completing Certification in Spiritual Formation from the General Board of Higher Education. I am also a participant in The Upper Room's Academy of Spiritual Formation #34.
A significant part of my journey has been shaped and understood by Developmental thought as seen through Wesleyan theology. One area of great concern for me is the neglected spiritual formation of clergy. As a clergy who is both a cancer survivor and depression survivor, I have experienced some of the factors which have forced a number of clergy to leave ministry. In February of 2012, I experienced a 70% loss of vision in my right eye due to a vascular disease. These conditions and experience are more than part of my life and journey but part of my calling in ministry.
My wife, Heather (also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary), and I, have been married for eighteen years. We have two children, Logan, who is turning 14 on July 7th and Jillian who is 12. As a family, the Haglers enjoy the outdoors including hiking and camping. I have a hard time not being outside and I am regularly found backpacking (usually with Boy Scouts) and hunting. When not outside, I spend time reading, writing, watching Star Wars, blogging at www.kenhagler.com or staying in touch on Facebook.