Soul Growth.

Traces of God Ministries is a response to the need for soul-growth, of individuals and communities, who are expressing their yearning towards transcendence with words like, “Teach Us to Pray.” 

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Traces of God Ministries

Our Mission Statement:

To continue the ministry of Jesus to his disciples as He taught them to pray.

How We Do This:

  • Provide a place of retreat, for the purposes of learning to pray, learning to discern God’s presence and leading, rest, encouragement, and spiritual counsel.
  • Provide individual spiritual direction.
  • Give presentations and lead events that help people find hope and be love amidst the predicaments that confront humanity.
  • Support the spiritual life of the community of Hide-Away-Hills where our ministry is located.
  • Network with other ministries of spiritual formation, such as the Spirituality Network, and local churches.
  • Partner with inter-faith organizations.
  • Provide spiritual guidance through a quarterly spiritual formation newsletter.
  • Remain open to God’s leading in discerning the foci of our ministry.


Dr. Ken Whitt’s new book
God is Just Love

A Long Ride in the “Elevator Speech”:

“God Is Just Love.”  Love is the essence of everything.  You are loved unconditionally.  If you have   difficulty knowing this love, this book is for you.

Both spirituality and science lead us toward the conclusion that God Is Just Love and we are loved unconditionally.  Humanity will have an easier time learning and living this truth when spirituality and science are friends.

Everything is sacred.  Abundant life is life lived in in love with everything.  Humanity has not been living this way for about 10,000 years.  We have done irreparable harm to the earth, ourselves and each other.  We are now living with the consequences.  

None-the-less, we can live each day with joy and hope.  We can do the next right thing to make the future better for our children.  We can find hope.  We can be love.  We can prepare our children to find hope and to be love.  Resilient spirits and sustainable communities are required for this work.

We make choices every day.  How we make these choices and how we live these choices transforms our lives, the lives of others, and the future of everything.  If you long to choose well and live well, no matter what is happening around you, this book is for you.

God is Just Love.  Love never fails.  Love never ends.

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Ken Whitt is the Executive Director of Traces of God, a spiritual formation ministry founded after his retirement from 40 years of service to American Baptist Churches (ABC/USA). Ken’s ministries have focused on nurturing children, youth and families, mission trips, prayer and justice building. Through the ABC, he served on the General Board, the Board of International Ministries and the National Minister’s Council. His love of global diversity extends throughout his entire life from the communities with which he works—to the global variety of woods that fill his woodworking shop. Ken has four children and 11 grandchildren. His wife, Kathy, is a stained-glass artist, weaver, gardener and spiritual director.

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Adults and Children Together

Our video series, “At Our Whitt’s End,” invites you to watch with the children you love this episode on, “What Is the Bible?”  We filmed this video at the Carbon Hill Christian Church, about 35 minutes from our home in the hills of Southeastern Ohio, where I am now serving as preacher/pastor.  Every worship service deserves a story just for the children, even if no one is attending who is a child in age.

Adults and Children Together

Grandpa Ken and Grandma Kathy talk to children about canning our own food and a couple of other projects that are allowing us to live more simply and independently–especially given the possibilities for power outages and resource depletion.


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