Kenneth Kuenning '52

After graduating from Mission House/Lakeland College in 1952, I went to Eden Seminary in St. Louis. I was never near any of my Mission House/Lakeland classmates; however, more than 50 years after graduation, I continue to stay in touch with several of them through Christmas cards, emails, phone calls and home visits. These are true friendships that have lasted through the years.

It was a great joy to have the Lakeland College choir sing at the Church of Peace in Rock Island, Illinois, where I served as pastor for 26 1/2 years. What a proud moment it was when I was invited to join the choir in singing the Alma Mater. Indeed, the words ring true. The Zeta Chi members treated me like family.

It was a privilege to share in the campus life at Mission House. I played basketball, baseball, ran track and participated in plays, winter carnivals, fraternity and fellowship groups. I also got a good education from dedicated and memorable teachers and professors. I was ordained in 1956 and served as a Youth Associate in California. I also served UCC congregations in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois before retiring in 1995. My daughter, Laurie, attended Lakeland for two years, and my son, Paul, graduated from Lakeland in 1985.


Rev. Kenneth Kuenning `52

Moline, Illinois


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