Coon Rapids pastor performs as a ventriloquist

Rev. Kevin Doely, associate pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, wears two hats.

He will be wearing his other hat Wednesday, Jan. 29 when he provides the entertainment at Coon Rapids Senior Dining’s monthly birthday celebration as Rev. Ken, the ventriloquist.

Rev. Ken, the ventriloquist, is pictured with one of his puppets, Wendell.
Rev. Ken, the ventriloquist, is pictured with one of his puppets, Wendell.

Growing up in Spring Grove, Doely brought an eight-track tape of “Radio Reruns” while in high school and on it were routines from Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, according to his Rev. Ken website.

Impressed by the clarity, message and humor of those 1930s and 1940s routines, he earned degrees in communications-theater arts and music, the website states.

Doely has performed hundreds of ventriloquist shows in retirement homes, churches, schools and at community events.

He is a member of the North American Association of Ventriloquists and uses ventriloquism as a communications tool to both teach and entertain, according to his website.

After graduating from Concordia College, Moorhead, Doely worked in youth and family ministry and was the owner of a recording studio, Doely-Jones Music Productions.

Doely went to Luther Seminary, earning a master’s degree in divinity, before serving as an associate pastor at House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope.

He joined Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, as an associate pastor in 2007.

Doely is a published author of “More Than Notes, Building a Dynamic Music Ministry” and is a frequent speaker on this topic.

He and his wife Krista have three sons, Jordan, Joshua and Noah.

Doely will present his ventriloquism show at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 for Coon Rapids Senior Dining at the Coon Rapids Senior Center. A noon lunch follows.

Entertainment is provided by the Rita Tonn Memorial Fund.

Suggested donation is $4. Make a reservation at least three business days before the event by calling before noon at 763-767-6524.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]