On August 24, 2014, Ed Kilbourne, a renowned singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian, will perform a 50th Anniversary Concert at 4 p.m. in “The Loft” of Birmingham First UMC.
One of Kilbourne’s first professional performances was a Methodist youth rally in 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama. His returning to Birmingham for the August 24 concert is a celebration of the 50 years of his performance ministry.
Ed is widely known and appreciated for his ability to combine music and spiritual teaching in worship and concert settings. He combines acoustic guitar, singing and commentary with a storytelling style often compared to that of Garrison Keillor, the radio humorist from 'Lake Wobegon'.
Ed grew up in China, Korea and Japan, where his parents served as missionaries. After completing college and seminary, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and began his career there as a United Methodist minister. As his gifts for teaching and performing became known, he was invited to serve the church as a musician and spiritual resource person, touring extensively in the Southeast and throughout the nation. During his professional career of 8000-plus solo appearances, Ed has worked in every region of the United States and toured in Europe. He has recorded 23 albums.
Ed's wife Kathleen is a United Methodist minister. She is the director the Master Of Arts In Practical Theology degree program on the Charlotte campus of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She also serves as the coordinator of the Center For Deacon Education, a partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Ed and Kathleen make their home in Englewood, Florida on Manasota Key.
If you would like to learn more about Ed and his ministry, you are invited to his web site: www.edkilbourne.com