In April 1995 Pastor Ken and his wife Diane came to be the pastor of Halsted Road Baptist.   Son of a Southern Baptist Convention church planter, Ken Finnis was ordained at the church.  Ken continued to study and found work on his Master’s Degree from Trinity Evangelical Seminary.  Pastor Finnis was also bi-vocational and worked for Kinko’s.

Pastor Ken resigned the church in 1998 to return to upper New York and take care of his ill father.