Kevin has been in pastoral ministry since 1987 and joined the staff at Forest Brook in 2002 in the capacity of Director of Ministry and Operations. He has led the staff team since 2011 and in 2017 was asked to step into the role of Senior Pastor. Kevin has Bachelor degrees in Theology (1987), Social Development (1998) and Master degrees in Divinity (2003) and Public Policy and Administration (2008). His research interest has been in the area of faith in the public sphere and Kevin has been actively involved in community and inter-faith relationships for over 10 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Council of Durham (2010 – 2015) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the John Howard Society of Durham Region.
Kevin believes life is a journey of discovery and he’s gotten more comfortable with mystery as he’s gotten older. At the end of it all he would like to be known as a man of determined faith in God, a loving and supportive husband to Shirley, a fiercely proud father to Cameron and Chelsea, and a humble servant of Jesus’ bride, the church. In addition to God, the church and his family, Kevin loves the outdoors (but not winter), books and the news. You’ll find him at church every Sunday morning, at home every Friday night, and in front of the television every evening at 11:00 pm (that’s when the CTV National News comes on).
A couple of years ago Kevin was greatly influenced by reading “The Pursuit of God” by AW Tozer. That launched him on a journey of self-examination and a search for a deeper intimacy with the Holy Spirit. He’s changed his reading subjects from biblical theology to more Christian spirituality, including many of the ancient Christian mystics and 20th Century contemplatives. Kevin believes that the Holy Spirit is making a comeback in the church in the Western world, and that this is a good thing! He’s eager to help others learn how to open themselves up more to this often neglected Third Person of the Trinity.
We love Kevin’s deep pastor’s heart for others, he models what a pastor should be and it is incredibly motivating. As a staff team that works “for” him, we’re especially thankful for the way he leads – he is vulnerable, willing to learn as he goes, very quirky and funny and incredibly grounded and thoughtful – his wisdom runs deep. He advocates for each of us in ways that build us up, help us grow and cheer us on – we’re very thankful.