Ken & Connie Temple
- Missionaries to Iranian Muslims
- Teaching, training and discipling former Muslims
- Bible and Missions Teacher with Propempo International
- Seminars on how to evangelize Muslims
Since 1983, Ken has been involved with evangelism and outreach to Muslims. From 1983 to 1992, our experience was mostly with Arabic speaking Muslims in the USA. Connie and I were married in 1988 and we went to Turkey in Jan. of 1993 to Dec. of 1995. We have 3 children: Paul (born in 1990), Blake (born in 1992), Grace (born in 1999).
We have been ministering to Iranian Muslims and former Muslims since 1993. From 1983-1992 we did outreach to Muslims in the USA; they were mostly Arabic speaking Muslims. Then we moved to Turkey and ministered to Iranian refugees who were fleeing Iran and living in Turkey. (Iranians are ethnically Persian and speak Farsi or Persian) From 1993-end of 1995, we lived in Istanbul, Turkey, among the approximately 1.5 million Iranian refugees that had fled from Iran to Turkey during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. We learned Farsi, the language of Iran, and some Turkish. ( 2 completely different languages.) We were there from January of 1993-December of 1995. Our primary ministry was in church-planting, which incorporates everything it takes to see a church-planting movement started among an un-reached Muslim people group: language learning, cultural adaptation, evangelism, discipleship, teaching, training of elders and pastors, marriage counseling, ethno-musicology, peacemaking, church discipline, pastoral visits, and Biblical contextualization, ( 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, 10:31-33) Since 1996, we have been ministering in the same capacity among the Iranian community in the Atlanta, Ga. area, especially in training aspiring leadership in good theology and Biblical interpretation, evangelism, and discipleship. (Acts 14:21-23, Titus 1:5 )
Since 2004, Ken has been traveling to different places where Iranian Christians and churches have invited him to teach. Ken has been teaching Old Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, Church History, New Testament survey, sound theology and church practice. Ken has also helped with final editing and advisor to some translation projects; and we hope to do more in this area. Ken also teaches seminars on Understanding Islam and reaching out to Muslims to American church audiences. In 2008, Ken turned the ministry of the Persian Community Church of Atlanta completely over to the Iranian national leadership. The main Iranian pastor sometimes travels with Ken and they teach together.