This quarterly study (thirteen lessons) presents stimulating lessons that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. Individuals and classes studying from this series follow the ISSL / Uniform Series. Adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. Lessons are Bible-based, Christ-focused, United Methodist-approved curriculum for use in adult Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible study, and small-group based studies. Please read below for quarterly themes.
Kevin Baker has served as a United Methodist pastor for the past 18 years. He is currently pastor of First United Methodist Church in Graham, N.C. Born in Oklahoma City, OK, he spent his early years living in different places as the son of a Nazarene pastor. Kevin has an M.Div from Duke Divinity School. Upon graduation he served three and a half years at the Creswell UMC Charge in eastern NC. During his pastorate in Creswell, NC, he served as the Vice-President of the Human Relations Council and taught courses on racism and race relations. It was there that he began to cultivate what would become a lifetime commitment to multicultural, multiracial ministry.
In 1997, he was one of two founding pastors appointed to help start a new, multicultural and bilingual congregation in Durham. From August 2004 to June of 2011, Kevin was appointed to serve as the lead pastor of this ministry and helped to lead the church in a missional merger with a local African American congregation, creating a new ministry that today is known as New Creation UMC in Durham. Beginning in July 2011, Kevin was appointed to his current church in Graham where he continues to enjoy joining hands with a congregation that is enthusiastic about mission, outreach, and evangelism.
In addition to being a full time pastor, Kevin also has served as adjunct faculty for Duke Divinity School has experience with coaching, facilitating outreach and evangelism, integrating technology in ministry, and has taught Course of Study for Pastors at both Duke and a new Central American Pastors School in El Salvador. He has written for The Christian Century, The General Board of Discipleship, Upper Room Books, Abingdon Press, and other curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House. He enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball, and riding his motorcycle. He and his wife, Denise, have three children: Sarah, Zachary, and Rachel.