Dr. F. Kennon Moody was born in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. In 1955 he earned a B.A. in History at Centenary College of Louisiana. This was followed by three years at Yale University Divinity School where he earned a M.Div. in 1958. From 1958-1964 Ken Moody was the pastor of the Federated Church of Williston, Vermont, and taught part-time at the University of Vermont in the History Department. In 1964 he moved to LaGrangeville, New York, where was the pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
From 1971 through 1975 he served as Education Director and later Co-Director and Administrator, for the Comprehensive Re-Integration Project of the South Forty Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York. The project worked with inmates at the correctional facilities of Green Haven and Fishkill. The project worked with inmates while in prison and after they were released from confinement into the larger society. In December 1981 he earned a Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York.
From 1978 to 1997 he served as an administrator at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in various positions – Dean of Community Services, Dean of Enrollments, Dean of Student Services.
During the years of his residency in Dutchess County New York he has been involved in a wide variety of community activities:
- County Chairperson, CROP Walk for Hunger, sponsored by the Dutchess County Interfaith Council and Church World Service
- Former Secretary, Board of Director, Hudson Valley Mental Health, Inc.,an organization that directed the five mental health clinics in Dutchess County.
- Mental Health Association of Dutchess County. Former member of the Board of Directors.
- Friends Committee, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK)
- Family Counseling Service. Former President of Board of Directors.
- United Way. Former member of Board of Directors and Chairman of Membership Review Committee.
- New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Former chairman of Ministerial Education Fund Committee.
- Arlington School Board. Former member of nine person board for district of 7,489 pupils. Chairman of staff committee.
- Dutchess County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Former member of Executive Board.
- Dutchess Rural Housing Corporation, founded a non-profit corporation to construct low-income housing in rural Dutchess County in cooperation with the district office of the Farmers Home Administration, 1968-1972. Served as secretary/administrator.
Other activities and interests are varied:
- Travel: England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ireland, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, China, Republic of Georgia, Kenya, Serbia
- Flowers: NYS Certified Master Gardener, hybridize day-lilies
- NACCW of South Africa. On three occasions traveled with several child care specialists and several teen-agers to participate in national conferences of the National Association of Child Care Workers in South Africa – 2001, Port Elizabeth; 2003, Kimberley; 2005, Cape Town.
- Study tour: In November of 2004 was a volunteer with a group of teachers and students from Poughkeepsie High School on a ten-day study tour in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Research trip: In 1999 traveled to South Africa as an aide for two university scientists studying birds New Lambert’s Bay, South Africa
- CROP/Church World Service. Since 2007 have served as chairman of the annual CROP Walk for Dutchess County. Visited CWS projects in Kenya, Serbia and the Republic of Georgia.
- Appalachian Service Project. For three summers traveled with forty teenagers to Appalachia to work of homes for residents there.