In Memoriam: Pastor, Former Seattle Seahawk Ken Hutcherson

Pastor Ken HutchersonDr. Ken “Hutch” Hutcherson, Senior Pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA, was ushered into the presence of the Lord last month at the age of 61.

For years, Dr. Hutcherson was a tremendously popular speaker who shared his faith at churches, conferences, retreats, and outreach programs. Prior to serving in ministry, “Hutch” had an award-winning professional football career, which ended in 1977 due to a knee injury. In setting his sights on ministry, Dr. Hutcherson attended Cascade Bible College in Bellevue, WA, until 1979, adding post-graduate theological studies to his 1974 bachelor’s degree in Education from Alabama’s Livingston University, where he had also been an All-American football player from 1972 to1974.

After college, Dr. Hutcherson served eight years as director of high school ministries at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue. In 1984, he founded Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland together with Mark Webster and Dwight Englund. The following year, Dr. Hutcherson accepted the position of Senior Pastor and was ordained in 1986. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland, OR.

In addition to his speaking, Dr. Hutcherson was known for spearheading a movement called “Mayday for Marriage,” which drew 25,000 people to Seattle on May 1, 2004; 250,000 people from all over the United States to Washington, DC’s National Mall on October 15, 2004; and 10,000 to the Capitol Grounds in Washington State on March 8, 2005.

Dr. Hutcherson’s published works include The Church: What We Are Meant to Be (now re-released as Here Comes the Bride), Before All Hell Breaks Loose, Enough Faith, and Hope is Contagious.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA.

Dr. Hutcherson is survived by his wife and four children.

Published: January 9, 2014