Broken Hearts Transformed

IMG_7906Kevin grew up in a good solid home yet apparently without spiritual depth. They went to church some but Kevin had very little understanding of who God was and how He fit into life. Eventually he made the decision that church and Sunday School were a mixture of confusion, embarrassment, and irrelevance. When he was in the seventh grade, he asked if his family could stop going to church. The family agreed and that was that!

Strangely enough, that is when things started to happen around Kevin which began to draw him toward God. One of his friends, an incredible wrestler, suddenly died of a heart attack during practice. Kevin had no idea how to process this death. A few years later another friend who had begun to involve himself in the expanding drug culture of the late 1960’s was shot and killed as he was robbing a store in order to support his addiction. Once again, Kevin really had no idea how to process it in his own young mind.

At about the same time Kevin joined two high school campus ministries, Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He heard how Jesus Christ had come to give His life as a ransom for the lost.  It all started to make sense. He got the picture that the world was a broken place, that he himself was a broken person, and that the only hope in this world, in his own life, was the powerful love of Christ that could transform hearts. Eventually, during the summer after Kevin’s sophomore year in high school, he turned his life over to Jesus Christ.

Kevin was born again.

College was a time of tremendous growth. He enjoyed the education as he majored in History, loved being involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and Athletes in Action, and got involved in a variety of campus leadership opportunities. Following graduation Kevin spent three years coaching and teaching on the secondary level in Loveland, Colorado. These were great years. However, God began to reveal to Kevin that the needs in the students’ lives and their families went way beyond American History. They needed Jesus in their lives. Kevin made an abrupt change in direction and employment. Ever since, he has been working in Christian ministries of one sort or another.

Over the next 20+ years, Kevin served various roles with Campus Crusade in California, speaking into literally thousands of students’ lives. He met and married his wife Diane, eventually adding three children to the mix.

It has been a joyous walk with the Lord but it also has been a life of heartache, loss, tragedy and sadness. Nevertheless, since his conversion, Kevin has always always taken comfort in the love and guidance of the Lord.

In due time a different calling from the Lord came leading them across the country to Diane’s hometown.

Kevin joined the staff of First Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis, Missouri. After ten years, suddenly and unexpectedly, the church asked him to consider developing an independent sister church. Though he had never seen himself in that role, Kevin became convinced that that is exactly what God wanted Diane and him to do and Quest Evangelical Free Church was created.

It is once again a new and different season in Kevin’s life, not without fear and trials and challenges. But his faith continues and he knows God goes before him. Kevin frequently remembers those two young men – his friends – from high school who died without knowing Jesus as their Savior. And while that still saddens him, it also stirs him continually to fight the good fight.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12

Kevin looks forward in his new ministry to spread the gospel, to touch broken hearts and to reach others so they too can be born again.

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