Ken Curtis (1939-2011)
The John Newton Project (JNP) has paid tribute to Christian film-maker Dr A. Kenneth Curtis, who died in January after a long battle with cancer.
Mr Curtis, who was also the founder of Vision Video, Gateway Films and the Christian History Institute, had a life marked with sorrow, yet dedicated his days to serving the Lord and his people.
When he was young, his 8-year-old brother Billy was killed by a train while walking home from school. Ken’s mother died of cancer when he was just 16.
Although he could have gone to an Ivy League college and trained for the Olympics, he chose to enter the ministry at Gordon College, and married his sweetheart Dorothy in 1961.
His love for broadcast ministry grew and he became involved with television and radio mission work. He was involved in fund-raising for the film The Cross and the switchblade, released in 1969.
Despite many financial difficulties, he trusted in God for all, and continued to produce films such as C. S. Lewis: Through the shadowlands and God’s outlaw: William Tyndale. He also continued to support the JNP on its board of reference, even during his illness.