In memory of Pastor Ken of Peniel Christian School

Pastor Ken Sortedahl was promoted to Heaven!
February 7, 1934 – July 27, 2019.
He was the founder of Peniel Christian School,
who took in, taught, helped and loved 1,000’s of children as his own for over 40 years, including me.
It was his and Melodee’s ministry that brought me to the Lord!


The verses in Genesis were the inspiration for Ken’s calling and vision for the students at Peniel.
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:
for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
Genesis 32:24-30 (KJV)

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark 10:13-16

Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 12:26

Pastor Ken could have honestly said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Matthew 25:21

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Ken and Melodee Sortedahl, 2017

  • Mary Sue says:

    Your grandfather and now Pastor Ken. I know they were both pleased with who you have become in the Lord. You were blessed to have had them in your life!

  • Grace Reichen says:

    Having read your book recently, I feel better acquainted with him and the role he played in your life and your relationship with the Lord. Bless him for blessing you and many others at Peniel.

  • Jesse Thomas McCord says:

    I was in penial Christian School back in 1985. I was a young boy with many issues. But Ken and Melody showed me the love that God taught us all and it helps me do those hard years of being a teenager. I think them with all my heart

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