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Michael Ketterer
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Michael Ketterer

Almost three months ago, Michael Ketterer stood on the stage in front of a panel of judges auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Michael’s wife Ivey, his daughter and his five sons stood in the wings as Michael sang a raw, soulful version of the Bee Gees’ To Love Somebody, but if you had described the scene to him years earlier, he never would’ve believed it.

“I definitely didn’t feel like we were qualified to have a child, especially me…As a matter of fact, when we found out [my wife was] pregnant, we both cried.”

Growing up without a consistent fatherly presence in his life, Michael didn’t have a clear vision for himself as a parent. After life-threatening complications during the birth of their daughter, Michael and Ivey made the decision not to have any more children, but they were introduced to the option of adopting through foster care by family friends. The idea made its way into their heads and hearts and dreams. Before they knew it, they had adopted five sons, each from a difficult background of abuse and neglect, and they were standing on the America’s Got Talent stage as a family of eight, listening to Michael sing his heart out just for them.

“It was just extremely special to get to perform a song to my children in front of the world, and I got to tell them how much I love them.”

Michael’s journey of fatherhood has taken him through more work, pain and challenge than he ever thought possible, but it’s also shown him more than he ever could’ve imagined about the love and care of God as a father in his own life.

“I’m not alone in this. My Father who’s been behind me, who has pushed me through so many struggles, He’s with me in this moment and we can do this together.”


24 thoughts on “Michael Ketterer

  1. Daniel at 6:54 pm

    Michael & Ivey – you are such an inspiration to me, a father of two wonderful daughters – both adopted from overseas. Sometimes things are a grind, but because God placed me in a position to help these girls, raise them, connect them with Him, and give them the best life possible, I spring back up. And hearing and seeing your story and learning about your incredible and beautiful family, I get such a feeling of joy that it’s hard to describe. Your family is so amazing, and I am so grateful you took the stage that night on AGT and showed the world not only your incredible voice, but your entire story. God bless you abundantly!
    Northern CA

  2. Wvcurlygirly at 10:27 pm

    Im a foster mom for a long time, mostly boys because well, i had 4 sons. Silly me asked for girls this time around and God blessed me with a houseful and two hands full (9, 10,,14,15). You just gave me alot of encouragement with this testimony because i believe they will be mine, theyre not liking me much right now but im gonna hang in there! God has a reason for them being here and at times my flesh is screaming, glad my heart tells it to shut up:) God bless! And thanks again

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