On June 28, 2020, we called Kevin Finkenbinder as our pastor.
Early Life & Education
Kevin was born in southern California and raised from the age of four in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1994, Kevin graduated from the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Religious Studies. Following college graduation, Kevin was in the computer industry, including work for the U.S. Air Force (NORAD) and the MCI telecommunications company, but his passion was working in ministry as the Associate Director of the USAFA/Metro Baptist Student Union, working with Air Force Academy cadets and other college students in discipleship, missions and other areas. In 2002, Kevin moved to Kansas City Missouri to attend Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 2005. During his time in seminary, Kevin also served as the Director of Christian Student Ministries (formerly BSU) at Park University (Parkville, MO) and Maple Woods Community College (Kansas City, MO). Upon graduation, Kevin moved to Michigan to work in college ministry with Christian Challenge (formerly the Baptist Student Union) at Michigan State University (East Lansing) and Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant), still paying the bills by taking computer related jobs.
In 2008, Kevin married Amy (Boerma). Amy was born and raised in central Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching with endorsements for secondary science education. When Kevin and Amy wed, she was living in Lewiston, MI and Kevin moved up there as she was in the middle of a teaching contract. A year later, Isaiah was born (2009), followed an additional 17 months later by Asa (2011). In 2013 the need for employment brought Kevin, Amy and the two boys back to the Lansing area. Their daughter Hannah was born (2015).
In addition to working with the above mentioned collegiate ministries, Kevin also served several churches. While in Lansing from 2005-2008 he served as Associate Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, also being loaned by Immanuel to Bethany Baptist Church where he served as music director. While living in Lewiston, Kevin served as intentional interim pastor at Grayling Baptist Church and Onaway Baptist Chapel. Returning to Lansing, Kevin served at Discover Life Church (formerly Bethany Baptist) as Associate Pastor from 2013-2018 and was instrumental in their move into their current facility. Kevin then served at Cedar Street Church (Holt, MI) as the Life Groups Coordinator.
Kevin loves to spend time with his family, read, and (once he is recovered from shoulder surgery) to play guitar and swim. While Kevin loves to spend time with people 1 on 1 and in small groups, he admits that he is not always the best at returning phone calls and despite his technical background actually dislikes communicating by texts and instant message.