The eldest son of missionary parents, Kent spent much of his early life in the service of the ministry. This early life allowed him to witness and experience the human condition in ways not known by many. These experiences profoundly influenced his life and shaped most of his philosophies on life. His experiences can definitely be felt in his writing.
Being a lover of the written, especially printed, word, Kent previously served as the Librarian and Archivist of the Floyd Crosslin Memorial Masonic Library and Museum in Manchester, Tennessee. Never considering himself a writer, Kent has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Science and has poems and articles published in other printed and electronic publications under the name Kent Grey.
Kent was initially educated in design for manufacturing and attained additional professional certifications relative to his professional work as a prototype designer for the food service industry. He returned to college in 1989 and received his degree in the Elements of Design, graduating with honors. Kent was named an Honor Scholar of the International Honors Institute in 1991 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Massachusetts. He was published in Who’s Who of American College Students and was an Academic All American and Goldwater Scholarship nominee.
After completing an apprenticeship in commercial printing he and his wife went on to own a printing company and graphic design studio. Kent owns Kent Grey-Hesselbein Design Studios (a design consulting company) and currently works as a graphic and structural designer and consultant. In 2009, Kent received the designation of Masonic Lecturer and obtained his Certificate of Proficiency in adaptive Masonic Ritual from the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. He is a two-term Past Master of Highland Lodge #214 F&AM in Manchester, TN
Kent is married to children’s author RobiJo and lives in Manchester Tennessee.