Ken & Deb Quintus
Ken reaches his local community through jail and reentry ministries. "God spoke to my heart saying, 'you have the truth that can set men free. And you need to go to the jail and share that truth.' I'm not interested in what these men have done wrong in their lives. I'm interested in the plan God has for them—to turn away from darkness and into the light of Jesus."
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Ken and Deb Quintus serve in Garner, a rural town in north central Iowa. The area is steeped in the agriculture business, and residents who are not employed on a farm are usually factory employed.
There is a great need for transitional housing for those who desire sincere life changes from a life of drug and/or alcohol abuse. A support system is needed for those who turn their lives around, and the love of Jesus is needed to keep them on their path to a better life.
After seeing the need in their community, the Quintuses began several ministries to support those reentering society. Ken has worked in prison ministry for nearly two decades, and used his knowledge to develop a reentry aftercare ministry for prisoners who have been granted parole in Iowa.
Ken enters county jails in Mason City with a jail ministry team and facilitates weekly small group Bible studies with inmates. Ken sees his work not so much in terms of meeting needs as in following Jesus: “It’s more, as I see it, what the church – not society – is to do to instruct, provide, support, and reach out to the least, lost, and lonely.”
The Quintuses are also involved in ministry at a work release center, homeless shelter, and their church, the 14th St. Gospel Place.
The Quintuses have served as InFaith field staff since 2001.