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About John2031.com

Thank you for visiting www.John2031.com, which has replaced www.FlyingHigher.net. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. I invite your updates, comments and corrections on aircraft information, to make it more accurate and interesting.

It's been fun writing the Flying Higher Series and other articles and I will be posting more.  They are intended to help point us toward things that matter – because they really do matter.

Please drop me a line if you'd like – with your positive or negative response to what John 2031 is about. I welcome suggestions on ways to improve the site.

Yours truly,

Ken Stoltzfus Sr.


Purpose Statement   Top
To draw persons into relationship with God through Jesus Christ, thus satisfying the otherwise unquenchable hunger of the human soul and answering the undeniable question of “eternity;” and to provide encouragement to Christians and resources for them to share with others.

Why John 20:31? Top
John 20:31 is a bold statement and certainly troubling to some. I had considered using something less direct – or more politically correct. However, we live in a day when public expression is shaped by freedom of speech, even to the extent of promoting ideas and values which contradict historic Christian and American values. It seems appropriate to me then, to write in a way which supports those values even if it isn’t welcomed by all. 

I was looking for a scripture that captured several key Christian themes and John 20:31 came into view: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

First is the notion that it is in the Holy Scriptures that we learn who Jesus is. Secondly is that the historic Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Savior), and that He is the Son of God. And finally, it is by believing in Him that we have real life. It’s all there! For more on that, click here.

Foundational Beliefs Top

Every man and woman hungers to know God. We are compelled to try to find our deepest inner satisfaction in someone greater than and outside of ourselves.
The Gospel message is really quite simple. Jesus, the Son of God, paid the penalty for the sins of all who believe in Him and receive His gift of salvation by faith in Him.
The Bible presents the recipe for good living. It is not a set of rules to spoil our fun.
The Christian life is the most satisfying way to live. When properly understood it is appealing to the human heart.
Many people reject God because they are turned off by the church due to the frequent contradiction between what Christians profess, and what we are in real life. Hypocrisy is too offten a valid accusation but in the end it won’t be an acceptable defense.
All who die without coming into relationship with God through Jesus Christ will suffer forever  - and that's a long time.
Christians agree on the things that truly matter but to our shame we separate over secondary issues – things that won't make a bit of difference in the end.

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This web site is copyrighted in its entirety and many of the photos are individually marked with copyright info. Please feel free to save them for your personal enjoyment but please don't post them on another site, sell them, or use them for any commercial purpose without permission.

If you own or previously owned, or flew an aircraft that I have posted, or have a special interest it for some reason, I'm pretty easy to get along with in terms of sending you a higher resolution photo free by email. There would be a few exceptions to that.

Who is Ken Stoltzfus? Top
Ken Stoltzfus Sr. was born in 1940, son of the late Chris D. Stoltzfus of Coatesville, PA. Chris was a pioneer crop duster in the east and was in the aircraft parts business.

Ken married his high school sweetheart in 1960 and together they raised three sons, Ken Jr., Brian and Mark. Ken took his Private Pilot flight test in a T-6G in 1960 and was DC-3 type rated in 1965. In 1967 he, and his twin Karl and their families, moved to Harrisonburg, VA to attend college. The brothers started K&K Aircraft and Avotek Suppliers as a means of paying their way through school.

By this time Ken was a Commercial Pilot with S&MEL&S, DC-3, Glider and Instrument ratings; CFI with A-I-G ratings; Ground Instructor A&I; and A&P with IA. He and Karl did forest spraying with Twin Beechs and DC-3’s in the spring months to help support their families.

In 1972, after earning a B.S. in Business Administration/Management from Eastern Mennonite College, and attending seminary part time, Ken handed the businesses off to Karl. In 1974 he headed out to Ohio with his family. Most of his time from then until 1987 was invested as an ordained minister in Mennonite and Non-Denominational church settings.

In 1982, while between pastoral assignments, Ken started Preferred Airparts with his sons. He turned Preferred over to them in 1985 but continued to do their marketing on a part time basis while serving as a pastor. Ken and Elaine spent much of their time in East Africa from 1990-98, teaching church leaders and launching several leadership training efforts. They have subsequently served a local Christian school by heading up a capital campaign, and helped design and implement a small group ministry in their home church.

Ken and Elaine have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In 2008 they transitioned to condo living and enjoy that setting.

Most of Ken’s 4000 hours are in taildraggers, including Piper J-3, PA-12, PA-18; Cessna 170 and 180; Stearman; T-6G; Twin Beech and Douglas DC-3/C-47, along with Cessna 310 and 402 and several other aircraft. His flying is now purely recreational and includes the Super Cub, Cessna 180 and 450-Stearman that belong to his sons. Most of his time is invested in writing for john2031.com and in several mentoring relationships, and his hobby is aviation photography.
Please contact Ken with your thoughts or questions!  Ken Stoltzfus, P.O. Box 228, Kidron, OH 44636 USA   Email: ken@flyinghigher.net  PLEASE put your topic or the article or photo that you are responding to, in the subject line.  

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