The Gift of Thinking with Kenny Benge, Enneagram 5 (The Investigator)

On this week's episode of The Road Back to You, Ian and Suzanne speak with Kenny Benge who is a 5 on the Enneagram. Kenny is a Prior at Church of The Redeemer in Nashville, TN. 

Kenny grew up near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Farmlands and oil fields provided the context for his early years and stimulated his interest in rock collecting, chemistry, birds and geography. Kenny’s passion is to encourage the renewal and flourishing of individuals, families and communities. Friends describe him as the combination of a brilliant and uncompromising intellect with a heart that is warmly and wonderfully kind. 

Kenny completed a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago in 1995. He names C.S.Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Wendell Berry, T.F. Torrance and Eugene Peterson as significant theologians and practitioners in his thinking and ministry.

Kenny served at Redeemer on their pastoral staff in the beginning years and was church planter and founding pastor of St. John’s Anglican Church in Franklin, TN. 

Kenny’s best friend and ministry partner is his wife of 34 years, Laura. She is the source of much that he has learned about life and relationships  Together they enjoy their four adult children: Seth (31, Nashville TN); Will and his wife, Marissa (San Francisco, CA);  Betsy (27, Washington DC); and Ted (Costa Mesa CA).  Kenny loves the outdoors, is an avid birder and an enthusiastic reader. He enjoys contemporary novels, science fiction, theology, essays and crime fiction. Some of his favorite authors are Wallace Stegner, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, P.D. James, Isaac Asimov and John Steinbeck.