KENNETH R. T. GORDON, SR. was born in Modesto, California. After high school Graduation he joined the U.S. Navy. He did Boot Camp in San Diego, then finished Signalman School. He was located on an LCT Flotilla Staff in the Western Pacific’s 7th Fleet in World War II, then on USS Minx in devastated Manila Harbor. He attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and Point Loma University, graduating in 1951. He enrolled in Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, graduating in 1954. He also took studies at the University of Hawaii and Denver Seminary. After founding a church in Bishop, California in 1955, Kenneth reentered the U.S. Navy as a Chaplain in 1957, retiring in 1986 as a Navy Captain after serving the Navy and Marine Corps for 31 years.