Kent is pastor of Elkton Baptist Church in Flemington, Missouri where he has served as pastor for the past 26 years. He has been an ordained Baptist minister for 61 years and has served as a pastor in churches in Missouri, California and Tennessee. In addition, Kent worked for over thirty years as a civil servant and elected official in both municipal and county governments. Kent and his late wife, Shirley, were married for 53 years and have two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also the OLDEST brother of Governor Mike Parson!