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Ward  Ellsworth  Biography

Ward Ellsworth was born the seventh of eight children in a sharecroppers family of Rogers, Arkansas in December, 1933.  He entered Western Washington University in 1956 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree  as a  Music Specialist in Education,  a  Provisional Teaching Certificate,   a  Standard General Teaching Certificate,  an  Elementary School Principal's Credential,  and finally his  Master's Degree in Elementary School Administration by 1966.

From 1956 until his "retirement" 26 years later in 1982,  Ward taught grades 4-7 in public schools,  boys' chorus, ran the Audio-Visual Department of a Junior High School, as well as both writing and teaching a speed reading course for Bellevue Community College.  For 22 of these years Ward sold real estate and also completed a six year obligation with the U.S. Army General Hospital unit on active reserve.  Believe it or not,  he has had short stints with the  Northern Pacific Railroad,  worked on the  Yale Dam,   been a commercial fisherman,  logger,  mechanic,  elevator operator,  and security officer  too.

Ward married Kay Odell in 1954.   They have three daughters and a foster son.   In 1983  Ward and Kay established the  "WEE Academy"  in  Issaquah,  Washington and  supervised home schoolers there until Ward retired AGAIN in 1998.

Baptized into Christ in Vancouver, Washington in 1946,  Ward preached and taught in Kirkland, WA, with Roy Rains,  Arnold Schnabel,  and  Conard Estes .  He  also taught singing classes and helped establish a new congregation in Issaquah.  Ward served the  Issaquah church as  elder for  20 years with  Al Bass, and then, after Al's death, with Al's son Dan, and Elden Givens.

Ward's  special efforts and  success have come in the field of  Creation / Evolution / Humanism.   He has held meetings on this topics in seven states, and has written and promoted legislation such as House Bill 1021 which would have required that BOTH Creation and Evolution be taught in public schools.  In these efforts he has appeared numerous times on  radio and television programs,  including the  Seattle Today Show.  He has testified before the  House Committee on Education, the Senate Committee on Education, and on the Senate floor itself.   He was a consultant in the writing of the  "Balanced Education Act" which was introduced in 16 state legislatures,  passed in Arkansas & Louisiana, but  then ruled unconstitutional.

Ward has been a panel member and speaker at the University of Washington on the topic of censorship, been a guest lecturer at the Lutheran Bible Institute, and spoke at the 1985  Florida College Lectureship on the topic of "Values Clarification in the Public Schools".  He wrote a chapter with that  title in the book Humanism: Devotion to Man,  1985,  edited by  Melvin Curry and  wrote  his own book entitled,  "Identity Crisis: My Brother's Keeper or My Keeper's Brother?"

With his wife Kay, Ward wrote and arranged many hymns,  among which are  Someday It Will HappenMarching For the Master,  I'm Going On a Journey,  and  Together Forever.

Ward currently (as of November, 2005) works with the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ in  Washington, and may be reached at the following address:

Ward & Kay Ellsworth
3723 Trumpeter Ct., Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: 360-424-8232
10010 Kenwanda Drive
Snohomish, WA, 98296
Phone:  360-652-6009