Hi. I'm a husband, father and grandfather who is also a Catholic apologist, teacher, speaker, author and hack classical guitarist.
Since converting from Protestantism to Catholicism in 1996, I've appeared a number of times on Catholic radio and television and have been invited to speak at Catholic parishes and conferences on subjects related to the case for Catholicism.
I came to faith in Christ at the age of 22 in an evangelical, non-denominational Protestant environment. My passion to understand, teach and defend the Christian worldview led me over time to earn a masters degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in 1983. From there I went on to serve as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Riverside, California and then senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Montrose, California, where I served for eight years.
In the spring of 1993, I learned that a good friend from my seminary days, Scott Hahn, had converted to the Catholic faith. To shorten a very long and involved story, a conversation was begun that day that led to more than three years of what amounted to an intensive and thorough rethinking of my entire worldview as a Christian in the light of scripture and church history. In September of 1996, I resigned my pastoral ministry and at Easter Vigil 1997 was received into the Catholic Church with my wife, Tina.
Since leaving the Protestant ministry, my passion has been that of explaining and defending the truth of the Catholic-Christian worldview and working to train Catholics to do the same. In 2010, I co-authored The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism, with Patrick Madrid. Philosopher Edward Feser, author of a great book The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, wrote: "The Godless Delusion is a clear and compelling critique of naturalism and the 'new atheism' that rests upon it. Madrid and Hensley show that the secularist's pose of moral and rational superiority is undermined by his own fundamental assumptions."
For a time I worked with Patrick Madrid and Dr. Peter Kreeft, presenting intensive weekend apologetics training evens in cities around the country. For the past four years I've been with the Coming Home Network, working with Protestant pastors who are on the journey toward the Church. I now produce a weekly YouTube show and podcast titled "On the Journey with Matt and Ken," making the case for Catholic Christianity and explaining my reasons for leaving the Protestant ministry to become Catholic.
I live in Fillmore, California with my wife, Tina. We have two children and nine grandchildren, who happen to live just up the street.