Dr. Fawn Knight holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. She served as a professor at institutions of Christian higher education for 43 years (Pepperdine University, Valparaiso University, Rochester College, and, most recently, at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky). While at KCU, she served for 15 years as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. During her time at KCU, she was the faculty director for student plays and musicals. She is a published poet and playwright. Her work includes From the Waiting Room, a collection of poems reflecting on her personal experience as the mother of a son in prison.
During additional graduate studies at Mary Baldwin University and Eastern Mennonite University, she studied the use of drama as a means for healing and problem solving. For her final project, she directed selections from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with all the parts played by ex-convicts from a local halfway-house.
She also served for 15 years as a volunteer chaplain at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Center, a medium-security men’s prison. In addition to helping lead weekly Sunday worship services at the prison, she co-taught with her husband a year-long class called “Creative Justice.” Her role was to use drama games and exercises to help group members explore the biblical principles being discussed. Each year, she directed the annual Creative Justice play, which was written, rehearsed, and performed by the men, for guest audiences from outside the prison as well as for other prisoners, correction officers, and prison administrators. Two of the annual plays, The Ten and The Accused (based on the stories of the ten lepers and the woman taken in adultery, respectively) have been published in collections of Christian plays.
Fawn also built a program at EKCC called “Book Mark,” in which approved prisoners took a six-week class in learning to read aloud more effectively. Ultimately, each Book Mark father chose and paid for a picture book for his son or daughter, and was professionally filmed reading the book aloud. For Christmas, each Book Mark child received a hardback copy of the book, with a DVD of their father reading it, as well as a professional photograph of their father.
Fawn is a three-time cancer survivor with a special ministry to others struggling with cancer. She serves on Harmony’s Pastoral Care Team.
She has been married to her husband, Leonard, for 46 years. Over the years, 25 foster children and teens have lived with the Knights. They have three grown children and two grandchildren, and currently share a four-generation household.