June 24-- Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) in Vidalia is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Vaughn, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired) as its new Chief Operating Officer.
Ken served 32 years in the U.S. Army and has had extensive experience in planning, operations, and training. He also commanded in combat as a Lieutenant Colonel in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. Ken worked and lived for a year and a half in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he developed the military history curriculum for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of the National Guard Command and General Staff College.
With degrees in history from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, coupled with the leadership skills developed in the Army, Ken brings a unique skillset to PAYH.
“I have prayed for some time for God to give me a new mission that I might be His instrument, and I absolutely believe that His providential hand has led me to PAYH. I am humbled and blessed to be working with such fine people to help set the conditions for miraculous transformations to happen in the lives of the young men who reside here at our home.”
Ken has life-long experience volunteering with young people, including church groups, mission trips, scout groups, and Big Brothers, and has also taught mountaineering and rappelling, map reading and land navigation, and sailing. After retiring from the Army in 2012, he became a marriage and family therapist so he could help military families. Because he had experienced the effects of combat and returning home afterwards, God called him to help soldiers reintegrate into their families and communities.
Ken and his wife Holly come to PAYH from the Isle of Hope in Savannah; they savor traveling together both in the US and abroad. Ken enjoys all sports, especially Georgia Bulldog Football, playing roller hockey, sailing, and riding his Indian Springfield motorcycle.
The Vaughns are actively involved in Christ Church Anglican in Savannah where he directs the Sheepdog Ministry. He also has his own personal ministry called “Riding for the Nazarene,” an annual, long-distance motorcycle ride that benefits Voice of the Martyrs, a charity which provides direct relief to persecuted Christians worldwide.
For many years Ken has been aware of the PAYH, because his best friend’s son graduated from the program. Ken saw firsthand how the life’s work of Olympic gold medalist and World Champion weightlifter Paul Anderson and his wife Glenda had been God’s impetus for a miraculous transformation in a Savannah family.