Both Ken and Mary Royer trusted Christ as Savior in their childhood. Ken comes from a farming community in Central California and Mary comes from the Los Angeles area. As teens, both committed their lives to Christ to serve in missions in whatever way God should choose to use them.They met while students at Biola University and became husband and wife following Ken’s graduation in June 1962. They have one daughter, Michelle, who with her husband, Matt McCoy, lives in Orange Country. Michelle and Matt have three sons and one daughter: Sean, Luke, Mark and Elouise.
Educationally, both Ken and Mary are graduates (B.A.) of Biola University. Ken received his M.Div. from Talbot Seminary in 1971 (Major: New Testament) and his D.Min. (Doctor of Ministries) degree in May 1986 (Major: Marriage and Family, with an emphasis on Missions). Mary completed the Master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Counseling at California State University, Fresno, in May 1992.
In areas of ministry, the Royers served with CAM International from 1969-85, specifically working with young adults desirous of serving the Lord in missions. For the majority of 17 summers, they led on-the-field training programs in Central America and Mexico, called Practical Missionary Training. For three years, Ken was also the Director of New Personnel for CAM International, guiding the incoming process for new CAM missionaries. During this time they lived in Dallas, Texas.
From 1985 to the present, the Royers are serving with Link Care, where Ken is the Director of Missionary Care, and Mary is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. In the pastoral department, Ken provides Biblical and pastoral counseling in an effort to assist missionaries and pastors to be as effective as possible.
In its variety of programs, Link Care works annually with close to 120 missionaries and pastors, from 45+ sending agencies, providing consultation, debriefing, encouragement and restoration for those having encountered difficulties in ministry. The usual “return-to-service” rate is close to 75%.