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Pastor WILLIAM DAVID KENNA
(February 18, 1943-October 31, 2020)
William David Kenna began his journey in life on February 18, 1943. He was the eldest son of William John Kenna and his wife Mildred Pearson Kenna. He was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania but lived much of his young life in West Virginia. At the age of 18, William (“Bill”) Kenna joined the US Marine Corp, where he served for six years, and then another four years in the Air Force.
He married Janelle (“Jennie”) Lane, his beloved wife of 56 years, on June 12, 1964 while in the Marine Corp. As a young husband, William continued serving in the military; he completed two tours in Vietnam. He was deployed during the birth of his first child, Dawn and did not meet her until she was six months old. William and Janelle had two more children, their sons Scott, and Kevin.
With a hunger for education, Pastor Kenna, completed his BA degree from Barry University and later earned a Masters’ Degree. He was an avid reader and a life-long learner. After completing 10 years in the Armed forces, William trained to be an Air Traffic Controller and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired after 30
years of service. He also worked with the U.S. government in the Civil Rights Department where he defended the civil rights of all government employees. His conviction has always been that all people should be treated equally. Prior to retirement from the Government, William accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. With a hunger for souls, he answered the call to ministry, completed the ministerial program and became a Pastor.
Pastor Bill and Janelle continued to serve in several churches. His hunger for souls produced a vision for a church that would impact and change lives for eternity. In 1988 he and his bride (“Jennie”) founded Faith Harvest Worship Center. After renting for several years, God made the way for them to purchase the property we now call the Faith Harvest Campus. Since the initial purchase, five buildings have been added, enabling the start of a private Christian school. In the recent 10 years, his passion for education inspired him to complete his Doctorate Degree, setting a true example for the scholars of the academy.
During his time as Senior Pastor, God gave him visions of joining with other ministries to make a difference around the world. He and our missions team went to Guayaquil, Ecuador at least six times. He partnered with a local church in Guayaquil to purchase land. After the land was purchased, he and the team helped to build a church
and school. He also partnered with Open Door Ministries in Honduras. The team visited approximately three times and assisted in removing children (primarily girls) from dangerous, abusive situations. This enabled them to live in a residential center, where they could be safe and be educated. Again, driven by his vision for souls, Pastor Bill saw the need for a chapel in the residential center. While in Honduras, the team also assisted with taking food and basic products to impoverished locals. They also joined together to help at feeding stations and assisted in a drive to provide basic medical care to the local residents. Following the devastating earthquake of 2010 in Haiti, Pastor Bill left the comforts of home to assist in meeting the needs of earthquake victims. Years later, driven by his desire to partner with other ministries, he also developed a relationship with Dr. Charles Checkwa, a fellow minister, who sees devastation around the world as a call to help. Pastor continued to pray and help support the efforts of Dr. Chekwa’s ministry to provide food and minister to the spiritual needs of widows in Africa.
As a believer in the Sanctity of Life, Pastor Bill had a vision to open a Pregnancy Center that will give an alternative to expectant mothers who might be considering abortion. In the last six years, Faith Harvest purchased the adjacent two acres of land with the house. The house was converted into a pregnancy center that provides counseling, sonograms, baby supplies, education, and other resources. After much prayer, God sent the right person to run the center. Currently, Faith Harvest is partnering with Beyond Pregnancy Care as one of Pastor’s last completed visions.
Pastor Bill transitioned to Heaven on October 31, 2020.
He leaves behind his loving wife Janelle (“Jennie”), his daughter Dawn and her husband Brad, son Scott and his wife Tressa and son Kevin and his wife Nikki. He is also survived by Grandchildren: Scottie, Courtney (and her husband Chad), Christyn, Noah (and his wife Aionie), Jordan, Brendon, Sean, Jarad, and Shannon; step-granddaughter Devyn, and his first Great-Granddaughter, Charlotte. His first Great-Grandson Killian David Kenna is expected in early 2021.
Pastor Bill has three living brothers Dennis, Richard, and Brian. He also leaves behind numerous extended
family members, and countless friends. Although he will not be here physically to oversee future
outreaches, and ministry additions; he is, and will be with us in spirit. Pastor William David Kenna has left a legacy
Our earthly shepherd has joined the Great Shepherd in his heavenly kingdom. He will be greatly missed, but we will see him again one day! Pastor Bill would want us to remember: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” His vision and his church will continue in God’s work until the return of Christ.