singer   /   storyteller   /   humorist   /   folk-theologian

PROMO & BIO 
 
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Our guest today is singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne. Ed is widely known and appreciated for his ability to combine music and spiritual teaching in worship and concert settings.
 
Ed grew up in China, Korea and Japan, where his parents served as missionaries. After completing college and seminary, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began his career there as a United Methodist minister. As his gifts for teaching and performing became known, he was invited to serve the church as a musician and spiritual resource person, touring extensively in the Southeast and later, throughout the nation. In the early 1970's Ed moved to western Colorado but in the late 70's, he returned to the Southeast and after living in South Carolina for 25 years, he now resides in South Florida.
 
Ed's wife Kathleen, is a United Methodist deacon. She recently retired as the director the Master Of Arts In Practical Theology degree program for Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She also served as the coordinator of the Center For Deacon Education, a Pfeiffer partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Ed and Kathleen make their home in Englewood, Florida on Manasota Key.
 
If you would like to learn more about Ed and his ministry, you are invited to his web site: www.edkilbourne.com
 
PROMO ARTICLE
 
Singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne, will be performing in (city), on (day, month, & date), at (time), at (place & address). This popular artist is known for his unique collections of moving music, quirky humor, and insightful monologues.
 
Ed began his career in the early 60's, singing in folk groups while in high school and college. During a professional career of 8000-plus solo appearances over the last 40 years, he has worked in every region of the United States and toured in Europe. Ed has recorded 23 albums, among them a 4-CD collection of in-concert performances of his stories and songs, "The Grateful Ed Live" released in 2008. His latest CD's are "A World Of Good" and his second greatest hits collection, "The Best Of Ed/Volume 2".
 
Ed's wife Kathleen, is a United Methodist deacon. She recently retired as the director the Master Of Arts In Practical Theology degree program for Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She also served as the coordinator of the Center For Deacon Education, a Pfeiffer partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Ed and Kathleen make their home in Englewood, Florida on Manasota Key.
 
INTRODUCTION 
 
Note: Ed prefers to introduce himself. When an intro is required, enlist someone with a good speaking voice and a reasonable amount of enthusiasm. Have them rehearse the following 20 times and then stand up and clearly and proudly say, something like the following:
 
(Sponsoring group) is glad that you are here (today, tonight). We are happy to be able to share with you the songs and stories of Ed Kilbourne. In over 8000 appearances over the last 40 years, audiences have enjoyed Ed's unique musical sensitivity as well as his widely recognized gifts for storytelling and humor. We have been looking forward to this (day, night) for a long time. So please help me welcome, singer, storyteller, and America's favorite folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne!