Minnesota Conference UCC Welcomes Rev. Kevin Brown to Staff Team

 

Reverend Kevin Brown

Reverend Kevin Brown

The Board of Directors has approved the unanimous recommendation of the search committee that Reverend Kevin Brown be our next Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation with Children and Youth.

Kevin has outstanding experience in leading faith formation in congregations.  He currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation with Mayflower Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Minneapolis.  He previously served as Director of Faith Formation at Union Congregational UCC in St. Louis Park and in similar positions at Judson Church in Minneapolis and Affton Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri.  He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

“I’m really excited for Kevin’s ministry with us to begin,” Conference Minister Shari Prestemon remarked.  “Kevin has a deep respect for the ministry of the local congregation and comes to us eager to help congregations strengthen their faith formation practices.  He understands Pilgrim Point Camp as a primary and cherished space of ministry within the Conference. He also has a wonderful vision for making the Minnesota Conference a true leader in faith formation across the United Church of Christ.  All of that plus his engaging and thoughtful personality will make Kevin an amazing addition to our Conference staff team.”

In the life of the Minnesota Conference UCC, Kevin has served on the Conference Faith Formation Team since 2013 and has chaired that team since 2015.  He has also served as part of the leadership team for congregational camps and has been a speaker at Conference Youth Events at Pilgrim Point.

Kevin and his wife Monica have four young adult children and have lived in the Twin Cities area for the last nine years.  He enjoys playing his trumpet and listening to music, has a passion for cooking and eating, and loves a good book or movie.

Search Committee members, L-R: Shari Prestemon (Conference Minister), Kim Shaffer (Mankato), Abigail Henderson (Northfield), Sheri Nelson (Wadena), Hathan Holst (Duluth)

Search Committee members, L-R: Shari Prestemon (Conference Minister), Kim Shaffer (Mankato), Abigail Henderson (Northfield), Sheri Nelson (Wadena), Hathan Holst (Duluth)

As he contemplates his move to Conference ministry, Kevin says, “I feel privileged to join the staff of the Minnesota Conference UCC and look forward to beginning this wonderful and challenging ministry.   I am excited to join my gifts in collaboration with so many other innovative and creative leaders from around Minnesota and within the wider church as we engage the vitally important work of articulating an authentic, justice-focused, and theologically progressive vision for faith formation with children and youth.  My hope is that the Minnesota Conference will continue and expand its leadership in the work of connecting and supporting faith formation leaders, providing rich opportunities for faith exploration and development for children and youth, and become a catalyst for the development of relevant, faith-nurturing resources for congregations, families, and individuals.”

Kevin will begin his ministry with the Conference on November 16, 2016.  Please join us in providing a warm welcome to Kevin as we begin this adventure of ministry together!