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Mike Kenny

I grew up in Akron, Iowa a small town in Northwest Iowa and attended Lutheran Church most of my life. I was baptized as a baby and confirmed into the Lutheran faith as a teen. I attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where I met my wife Lynn, transferred and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995.


After graduation I moved to Phoenix, Arizona and married Lynn in 1997. In 1998 we moved back to the Midwest in hopes of starting a family and settled in Des Moines (Beaverdale). In 2004, with 2 kids and one about to start school we wanted a smaller school system and moved to Adel where we eventually attended and became active at Grace Lutheran Church.

In 2012, after relationship and internal struggles I made the decision to stop “posing” as a Christian and chose to follow Jesus. With the help of the Wild At Heart Iowa Bootcamp and the men of New Hope I was saved and my family and I have been a part of the New Hope family since then. If you'd like to hear more of my story I'd love to tell you over a cup of coffee.

I work as an Account Executive for Silicon Valley Cloud company ServiceNow. Lynn is a Physical Therapist for Unity Point at Home, our son Jacob is a sophomore in college, Anna is a freshman in college and Tess is a freshman in high school.

Things I’m Thankful For:

Jesus, a healthy family and my brothers and sisters at New Hope.

I Enjoy:

Fishing (bass, panfish, walleye, catfish, trout/fly), running with Team RunFree, golf, camping, coaching my kids, and traveling or relaxing on a warm beach with Lynn.

Favorite Movies/TV:

Star Wars – all of them, TV – college football and basketball, NBA basketball and The Office on Netflix.

Favorite Music Groups/CDs:

Casting Crowns, LeCrae, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, late 80’s early 90’s rock and hip hop…and a little country.

I Hope To Someday:

Know that all 3 of my kids have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

Some Favorite Books Read:

“Beautiful Outlaw” and “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge, “Jesus > Religion” by Jefferson Bethke, “Radical” by David Platt, and old classics like White Fang and Call of the Wild.


Favorite Verses:

Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.