Kent Annan is author of After Shock (2011) and of Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (2009) and is co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. He’s on the board of directors of Equitas Group, a philanthropic foundation focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He’s a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to Shelly, and they have a young daughter (2005) and son (2009).
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Kent Annan is author of After Shock (2011) and of Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (2009). He is co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. He’s worked in Haiti since 2003–first living there and now traveling there regularly from Florida, where he lives with his wife, Shelly, and his daughter (2005) and son (2009).
Kent has spent many years going back and forth between North America and working with people in different, difficult situations around the world. After graduating from university, Kent worked for two years in Western Europe with refugees from the former Yugoslavia, Iran, Sierra Leone, and other countries. He then returned to study theology at Princeton Seminary, during which he spent three months studying in India. On graduation, he moved to Albania and then Kosovo to work for six months with refugees there. Later he moved back to Princeton to work (and for love!)–and a few years later he and his new wife moved to Haiti for two and a half years.
His book After Shock (InterVarsity Press) wrestles with faith and doubt, hope and suffering in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake–and how these questions relate to all of our lives. His book Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle (InterVarsity Press) tells the story of his move to Haiti and weaves together the nitty gritty joys and stumbles of living and working in a two-thirds world environment with reflections about faith, doubt, love, and God. Both have received very positive reviews, including in publications such as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and many others.
His writing has appeared in publications including Utne Reader, Subtropics, Geez, Adbusters, The Sun, Natural Bridge, Pilgrimage, Puerto Del Sol, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and Orion. One of his essays was cited as a “Notable Essay” in the Best American Essays series. He wrote a chapter for the book Global Perspectives on the Bible. He has been featured on national TV and radio shows including “The Hour,” “100 Huntley Street,” and NPR’s “The Story.”
Kent has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s in business from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He’s on the board of directors of Equitas Group, a philanthropic foundation focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He teaches adult education at his local church. He speaks regularly to groups around the country.