John Kimball – Lead Planter/Pastor

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan, the youngest in a family of four siblings. I have an older brother and two sisters.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married for 25 years to my beautiful wife, Kathryn, and we have three adult kids: Lauren (who is helping us with Palmwood Church), Josiah (who is pursuing youth ministry at Crown College in Minnesota) and Anna (who is studying Criminal Forensics at Liberty University in Virginia).

Why are you passionate about Palmwood Church?

I have spent my career helping churches to retool and thrive. I am so excited to be starting a new church that engages well with its community from the beginning.

What’s your favorite movie?

That’s a no-brainer! The Lord of the Rings Trilogy!

What’s your favorite sports team?

That’s a little more difficult. I have several, but I guess it would be a toss-up between the University of Michigan Wolverine Football Team and the Detroit Tigers.

If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

Wow. Why did you design us to grow best through pain?