Rev. Ken Ehrke, Arlington Resident and Former Senior Pastor at Fort Worth’s Agape Metropolitan Community Church, to Lead Growing, Progressive Christian Community in Bedford
BEDFORD, TEXAS, MARCH 31, 2014 – Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities – a vibrant, progressive Christian community of faith located in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth – today announced that it has named Rev. Ken Ehrke as its new pastor. Ehrke’s first Sunday service will be April 6, 2014.
“After an extensive, year-long search, we are thrilled to welcome Ken Ehrke as our new pastor,” said Kristin Robertson, moderator of the leadership advisory team at Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities. “Rev. Ken’s depth and breadth of ministerial experience, his passion for social justice, his creative energy and sense of humor are a perfect fit for our growing congregation that strives to be people of compassion, inclusion, liberation and hope.”
Ehrke comes to Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities with a wide range of ministry experience, having served in a number of pastor, hospital chaplain/counselor, and social service case manager/educator roles over the past 28 years. He was the senior pastor of Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth from 2001 to 2008 and was senior pastor of the Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Boyds, Md., from 1991 to 2000.
Prior to joining Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities, Ehrke served as a case manager at Fort Worth’s The Parenting Center, where he helped the homeless, immigrants, refugees, and people struggling with mental illness and addiction build and maintain healthy and successful families through the prevention of child abuse and the promotion of positive parenting skills.
“As I considered my next pastoral position, I was drawn to Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities’ unique community and all of its diversity. No matter what your age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religious background, or theological perspective, this congregation truly welcomes and celebrates all people,” said Ehrke. “I’m excited to lead this dynamic community and encourage them on their own personal, spiritual journeys.”
In addition to his ministerial experience, Ehrke has served on the board of directors for a number of community organizations, including AIDS Interfaith Network in Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, and the Whitman-Walker community health center serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Originally from Nebraska, Ehrke received a Master of Divinity degree from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.