My passion is giving voice to God’s love, building faith in everyday life. Along with being a writer and speaker, I’m also a wife and mother, a sister and friend, and a truly avid weekend golfer. I will probably never win a championship tournament–but I’ve learned golf, like life, is a game of recovery. No one has every played a perfect round, yet we all keep coming back for more!
The riddle I’m trying to solve is becoming a champion of faith–with a healing vision of victory to carry us through our brokenness to find the beauty behind our pain through new life in Jesus Christ. This mission has found expression in conference workshops for recovery after abortion, in college classrooms teaching storytelling, in prison day rooms sharing prayers, in singing to lonely hearts tucked away in nursing homes, on public speaking platforms, and, for over thirty years, through broadcast communications. Along the way I’ve also had the deep joys of marriage and family and many, many challenging and humbling rounds of golf.
The story I’ve told in all these places is that God’s love has healed my heart. His mercy and grace have served as soothing medicine after fatal mistakes of my own making. I truly believe the story of his love will actually heal our wounded world one heart at a time.
Bio ~ Kim Ketola ~ Author, Speaker, Ministry Leader
Kim Ketola (“Kim Jeffries”), has over thirty years of broadcast and broadcast journalism experience. She is the host and executive producer of Cradle My Heart Radio airing Sunday evenings on select stations nationally. She has produced and hosted programs in general market (CBS’ WCCO News Radio and WCCO-TV; KSTP-FM Music radio) and Christian formats (KTIS/Faith Radio Network). She was Executive Producer and Host of the radio and online feature, Life Redeemed™ presenting first-person narratives of healing after abortion with commentary from Gary Thomas, Randy Alcorn, Theresa Burke, John MacArthur, John Ensor and other leading Christian voices.
Kim’s book Cradle My Heart, Finding God’s Love after Abortion (Kregel, 2012) features a Foreword by Ruth Graham and was awarded First Place in the Sonfire Media contest at the 2010 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. The book is a result of Kim’s ministry with Ruth Graham and Friends Conferences (2007-2010) and reflects her training as a peer counselor and lay ministry leader. Kim has organized and presented professionally accredited conferences for healing after abortion, approved for continuing education credits for MN Licensed Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists (2003-2004). She is a keynote speaker at churches, pregnancy centers and community events, presenting post abortion workshops as faculty for the 2011 and upcoming 2012 Heartbeat International Annual Conferences. Her weekly broadcast Cradle My Heart Radio is a live interactive outreach featuring leading voices in prolife and postabortion ministry.
Kim is a Member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and is also listed with the Speakers Bureaus of the Christian Women in Media Association and Lutherans for Life, having also served as faculty for each organization’s annual conference. She studied Theater and Communications at Northwestern University, and holds a B.S. in Ministry from Northwestern College, where she also served as Adjunct Faculty, teaching Media Ministries. Kim’s articles have been featured in More to Life Magazine, CBA Retailers + Resources, Minnesota Christian Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and Minnesota Women’s Press, and she is a frequent guest on pro-life issues on Salem’s KFAX/San Francisco.
Community service includes Abortion Restoration Ministry Services, Inc. (President, current), and HeartBound Ministries Board Member and prison volunteer (2009-2011). Kim also volunteers with Georgia Radio Reading Services, a Georgia Public Broadcasting service for the blind. Kim was appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as Chair, MN Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives (2006-2008); other service includes Board Member at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, and MN Teen Challenge, and other jail and prison ministry outreach. She and her husband, Bruce are parents of four adult children, and they make their home in suburban Atlanta.
KIM KETOLA PRESS COVERAGE:
CBA Retailers + Resources review of Cradle My Heart – “A must read…”
Knight-Ridder Pioneer Press article
Star Tribune article
PILOT Magazine profile
The Citizen article
Minnesota Worldview thumbnail of Life Redeemed, Kim Ketola, Executive Producer and host.
Minnesota Examiner on Kim’s appointment by Tim Pawlenty as Chair, Minnesota Governor’s Faith and Community Services Initiative