Ken Blank, a Diplomate in the Savannah, GA Chapter(formerly, Indian Nations - San Antonio Chapter) and past-president of CPSP, died this weekend. Ken lived in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife of 42 years, Audrey, and was a father and grandfather, as well. Our deepest sympathy to Ken's loved ones, at this time.
An early member of our organization, Ken made significant contributions to the prosperity of CPSP through the years, serving as the third president (2000-2002), while he was also the chair of the Southwest Region for APCE. Ken led CPSP into a conciliatory era with our collegial organizations and single-handedly requested for CPSP to be included in the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Setting (COMISS) in December 1999 and continued to serve for several years as a delegate to COMISS. Ken was a member of the CPSP Accreditation Commission and he served on numerous committees for our community. Ken was also on the board of advisors for The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches.
In 2016, Ken spoke about his role as a chaplain in 1995 at the Oklahoma City bombing in an interview with Susan McDougall, CPSP Diplomate, and fellow chapter member, in an episode of Chaplaincy Alive, a podcast series on Pastoral Report. Ken was recognized for his work in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1997 with the Professional Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains. The list of Ken's contributions to clinical chaplaincy and pastoral care is numerous, for certain.
As we get more details about the final arrangements and plans, we will share the details with the CPSP community.
–Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary
Ken's family has started a Facebook group, Honoring Ken Blank, which people may visit to share their memories and express their sympathies.
Anyone who wishes to write Ken's chapter may contact Medicus Rentz, Convener, at [email protected]. Medicus tells us that he's in touch with Ken's wife, Audrey, and family.
A Celebration of Life will be streamed on Monday, September 21, 2–3 PM (Central time), by the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.