Dr. Kenneth Christiansen’s professional career includes thirty-four years, 1974-2008, teaching courses in religion and sociology at Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio; four years, 1970-74, serving as pastor of Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Somonauk, Illinois; and two years, 1965-67, as a parish worker at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Friendship Press, affiliated with the National Council of Churches, published Dr. Christiansen’s game Dignity, a board game simulation focusing on life events experienced by residents of the Robert Taylor Homes Public Housing Project in Chicago. The activities of the Civil Rights campaign of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Chicago in the summer of 1966 also play a role in the game.
Dr. Christiansen holds a B.A. degree in History with a minor in Mathematics from Valparaiso University (1965), a Master of Theology degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1968), and a Doctor of Ministry degree also from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1970).
Since 2014, Dr. Christiansen has been very actively involved with the work of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE), a Church Based Community Organization in Jacksonville, Florida, described elsewhere on these pages.