ken headshotBest-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country’s most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers, Ken’s mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. He has received the Dove Award for his unique brand of comedy and message.

His books have received national critical acclaim, including the “Book of the Year” award and the Gold Medallion Award. The video and audio tapes of his live appearances are in constant demand. His book, Fully Alive, was made into a feature length film that, after a theatrical release, is now available on Netflix and DVD.

Ken has been the keynote speaker for thousands of major corporate and faith-based events. As president of Dynamic Communicators International, he developed the SCORRE and LAUNCH conferences that for 30 years have taught the art and business of public speaking to ministry professionals and corporate executives.

Ken’s daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world. His podcast, The Art and Business of Public Speaking, is a go-to resource for anyone who seeks excellence or wants to build a career as a professional communicator.

Ken was born and raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of Oak Hills Christian College. He and his wife, Diane, live in Franklin, Tennessee near their two daughters and six grandchildren.

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  2. When I get in my car, I always look for some kind of spiritual talk radio. It keeps me company, and my thirst for The Word is unquenchable! I listen to Family Life Radio for the most part. I came across this guy, his voice was very catchy(?) but his story/sermon, was amazing! I even stayed in my vehicle till the very end, BECAUSE it was awesome, AND because I HAD to know who this man was!!! Ken Davis, HI!!! You are funny, warm, and right on point! The one thing I am going to tell my pastor is this prt about when u were talking to a man who “claimed” he, and his wife “never had an argument, bad thought, etc.about each other” Mr. Davis compared him to a carrot! I laughed OUT LOUD, all day! I am not a good writer, but this is the best I have for a man who is truly inspiring, and someone who I will seek in the future, THANK YOU SIR!!! You truly have a gift!!

  3. I saw you tonight in Auburn NY. My mouth still hurts from smiling and laughing so much tonight. Thanks for a fun night. You said to post pictures to I hope this is okay:)

  4. Hi, Ken:

    I’m Minnesota born & bred myself! Been listening to you on the radio for years, but accelerated my attention with social media the last five since we’ve been living in KC, Missouri. Now we are moving BACK to Minnesota, but to the northern most part, near Bemidji and the Mississippi Headwaters, to do Intentional Community Living with the Indigenous people there.

    Just have to say you really do LIGHTEN UP MONDAY(S) for me, and I am a HUGE FAN. Looking forward to gleaning more from Dynamic Communications International, as I have a desire to minister to individuals coming out of abuse and trauma, including sex trafficking. The Canadian border AND the Duluth area are atrocious for sex trafficking entry points. I know this will give me the confidence and concise delivery, with the ability to engage the audience, that I am desiring to learn.

    Blessings to you in making me and others laugh. With all the trials of life it really is important that “A cheerful heart does good like medicine.” And your heart does good.

    Sincerely for Souls,

    Kathleen & Jim Wichterman
    Trees of Righteousness Ministries
    An Isaiah 61 Outreach

  5. Hi mr. Davis, my name is annette. Love you show. You make me happy with your words when im down. With everything that os happing to me. My house got flooded. Ot would be nice to meet you in person.

  6. My wife ‘discovered’ you while perusing Tim Hawkins videos on YouTube. See asked my to watch – and we have both discovered a new prophet/ambassador for our God and Savior. We thank God for your gift. We both adhere to the fact that our God is a God of joy and humor (ref. God calling His angles to comes look at this). We know that if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him all about your plans. Thank you from to Al-Anons and conservative Catholics.

  7. Ken, I read the excerpt about your blog on Facebook. What a beautiful tribute to your father! And thank you for the reminder that the person with AD is still very much present.
    Curiosity then sent me to your bio, and what a surprise to see that you are a Minnesota guy and that you graduated from Oak Hills! As a teenager many years ago, I attended Oak Hills Bible Camp every year. My pastor, Spencer Bower, was very involved in Oak Hills ministry.

    God bless you.

  8. Watching Seriously Funny and holding our sides. So refreshing to watch and listen to you make people laugh while drawing them to Jesus. Bob and I met you when we lived in Denver in the mid 80s. We met at the Denver Friends Church. You and Diane invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner. Before dinner you took us for an airplane ride. We so enjoyed that time and how welcome you made us feel when we were new to the area. Thanks for the wonderful memory and for being the man of God and laughter that you are. Our best to you and your family.

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  10. Mr.Davis,my name is LAURIE. Lacombe. I ran across ur utube mags.They made me laugh,which is a blessing seeing I wake up every morning crying.I live in Frankfort,Kentucky were my youngest son and my grandson youngest is unjustly incarcerated and has lost his zeal for life.Honestly we both have.We have buried my daughter and all our family.All that’s left is my sons and grandson.We r also domestic violence survivors.U Mentioned a man named Ron who has helped ppl as you do.I am reaching out in desperation for my son and I. I AM IN HOPES OF CONTACTING YOU AND YOUR WIFE.I CAN NOT EXPLAIN WHY CAUSE I DO NOT KNOW.IF GOD LEADS U TO REACH BACK,MY NUMBER IS 502 395 3310.I CURRENTLY LIVE AT STILLWATERS CAMPGROUND.MERCY ,LAUGHTER AND BREAK OF MENTAL TORMENT IS WHAT I HAVE SOUGHT,BEGGED ECT GOD FOR. HELP IN OTHER WORDS, IF ONLY BY PRAYER.PRAY I FIND SOMEONE TO GO TO C HIM AT THE JAIL.I HAVE RAN INTO A BRICK WALL OF HELD IN ANGUISH.THANK YOU AND I THANK GOD FOR UR GIFT OF LAUGHTER.

    • Laurie,

      This is Lauren from Ken’s team. Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story. Our team has said a prayer for you and your family. If you will email me your mailing address we would love to send you some of Ken’s DVDs that will hopefully bring a smile to your face.

      You can email me directly at

      Thank you so much,


  11. I love listening to your skits on your qfm 1071 in Bemidji. I time my ride to work so I don’t miss hearing you on the radio!! I see on your bio that you attended Oak Hills Christian College, my son is also attending Oak Hills Christian College. Small world!! Thank you for the opportunity to laugh every morning!

  12. Dear Mr. Davis,
    Just want to let you know you are should a blessing to me. Some times I just need a good dose of laughter. I love listen to you, can never get enough of you. May God bless you.

  13. I enjoyed your lighten up and live segments on my local radio station, Moody radio-90.9 WSOR. I have not heard them in a while, are they not being aired anymore? I miss hearing them.

  14. I just saw “Seriously Funny” on YouTube. I have heard you for many years, but this is the absolute best ever.