Ken was appointed with Missions Door in 1973 and, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1974, began ministering in Mexicali, Mexico.
From 1974 to 1992 Ken directed the planting of at least seven new churches in the Mexicali area. Most began as Bible studies and grew to congregations of about 70.
From 1992 to 1996, Ken and Dee ministered in Phoenix, Arizona, where Ken served as the Director of Ethnic Ministries for Southwest Conservative Baptist Association.
In 1996 Ken and Dee sensed God calling them out of the country again. They moved to San Jose, Costa Rica, and began a church-planting ministry in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. They returned to Colorado in 2000, where they helped with two Latino churches.
In July 2005, the Holcombs returned to Phoenix, AZ to promote church planting and leadership development. They also encourage Latinos to consider foreign missions.
Ken gave his life to Jesus as a high school junior. After graduating from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1966, Ken worked for IBM. Through short-term mission trips to Mexico, he felt God’s call to full-time service.
After a sudden illness, Ken’s wife of 24 years went home to be with the Lord in September, 1989. The Holcombs were involved in church planting in Mexicali for 15 years.
Ken married Dee in 1990. He has three grown children: Rebecca, David and Daniel. He and Dee have one son: Peter.