Ken is the co-founder, President and family counselor of Simply Grace, Inc. In addition to giving oversight and direction to the ministry, he assists clients in experiencing a high quality of life that is abundantly offered through Christ. This is accomplished through mentoring, coaching, and discipleship counseling. Client services are tailored for individuals, couples, families and small groups.
“In 1981, about a year after I accepted Christ, I had visions of being in full-time ministry but at that time was too fearful to take the formal steps in that direction. Looking back over my journey I spent much of my teens in substance addiction and later (in my 20’s) became addicted to religion. I traded one addiction for another. I spent years trying to co-pay God for the sins and hurts I caused in my teen years. I was riding the emotional roller coaster of trying to perform for acceptance (God’s and others). Outwardly, I looked good. I was using pride and self-righteousness to cover the pain of deep-rooted shame and/or a low self-worth. Oh, the struggles and heartaches of battling a fear of both failure and success and the endless shame that fills the void in-between!
Then, in my early 30′s, I was further awakened to find myself; bitter and angry at God, and myself. I hated me. God's mercy in the form of brokenness led me to the abandonment of self hatred with all of its misguided ambitions. He has allowed me to see firsthand the importance of letting Him love me unconditionally and accepting His total acceptance of me. That was a turning point in my life. From that was birthed the desire to express my love for Him by helping others, and the journey continues…”
Ken married his wife, Debbie, in 1985. They reside in Woodstock, Georgia and have an adult son, Brad. Ken is an ordained minister and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kennesaw State University.
“After many years in the corporate world; in 1994, I answered the call into full-time ministry not having a clue where that would lead my family and me. In 1999, I joined the staff of Grace Ministries International, and eventually became the Assistant Director of Discipleship Counseling. In 2003, I led the way in starting a new work in North Georgia; the name of that work is Simply Grace.”
Debbie Pallone is your first encounter with Simply Grace. As the office manager and an ordained minister, she coordinates appointment scheduling and communications. She is also a certified Emotion Code Practitioner, Optavia Health Coach and Young Living Distributor; helping clients restore balance in their Spirit, soul and body. Debbie is honored to be a part of the process of seeing lives transformed and whole health maintained.
She met her future husband, Ken, while attending Kennesaw College. They have been married since 1985 and live in Woodstock, Georgia.
Even though Debbie was raised in a secure Christian home with no major dysfunction, life after leaving the parental nest did not turn out as expected.
“Having a conversion experience at age seven, being committed to church attendance and living with wonderful Godly examples did not prepare me for my marriage expectations. I had an identity crisis and needed to experience the working out of my own salvation instead of relying on my inherited faith.”
Debbie and Ken had marriage struggles from the onset. Ready to release control and let God, the couple sought counseling at Grace Ministries International in Marietta.
“Working on my concept of God, personal identity issues, forgiveness and expectations has been a long, tough process; yet worth it all. The growth and healing I have experienced in my own spirit, soul and body has helped prepare my way for ministry to others.”