Originally Published: May 14, 2013
Family, friends, TCS staff, and students gathered on May 5 in the Lima Baptist Church fellowship hall to honor Mr. Heath with a surprise celebration for fifty years in education. The day was declared “Ken Heath Day” by Lima Mayor Dave Berger. In addition, Mr. Heath received special recognition from Ohio Governor John Kasich as well as Congressman Jim Jordan.
The following is a brief biography compiled by Mrs. Aimee Bontrager:
By the time Ken Heath reached high school, he knew he wanted to be an educator. Inspired by his high school history teacher, Paul Sluss, Ken pursued his education at Grace College and St. Francis. Opportunity came knocking early as Ohio was experiencing a shortage of teachers. After only two and a half years of college, Ken had his choice of teaching at seven different schools. In August of 1963, Ken accepted a teaching position at Ottawa-Glandorf.
After twenty years of teaching and coaching at O-G, Ken felt God leading him in a new direction. His wife, Kaye, was teaching K-5 at Temple Christian School, and his children were all students there. When Superintendent Lynn Mohler asked if he would consider coming to teach at Temple, Ken knew God was again opening a door for him.
In 1983 Ken accepted the position of head teacher for Temple Christian School. The following year he would become the principal. Ken has faithfully served TCS for 30 years, and we would like to say “thank you”.
Thank you, Mr. Heath, for showing us how to serve faithfully and joyfully, for teaching not only facts – but how to really know the Lord. Thank you for loving and accepting us for who we were and for always making time for us. You are truly a special blessing, and we are eternally grateful for your influence on our lives.