Monday, March 12, 2007

Kenny Stokes & Marc Heinrich

This Sunday, March 18, Kenny & Marc will be leading the morning service at Grace Church, Lord willing. (Kenny preaching, Marc leading music)

A brief introduction to both of these brothers:

Kenny Stokes, Lead Pastor for Spreading (Picture here)
Kenny was born and raised in Minneapolis. He came to know the saving grace of God in Christ during the summer of 1973, while a camper at a Bible camp. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Bethel College. At Bethel, he met his wife Kathy and was married in December 1979. He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Biblical/Theological Studies in 1981. One year after graduating from college, he entered Bethel Seminary. Led by the Lord to grow in the area of pastoral counseling/pastoral care, he increasingly focused on that area in his studies. He continues to be thankful to the Lord for the internship experience God gave him at Bethlehem. As an Apprentice in Bethlehem's program for seminary students, his internship was focused on pastoral care, pastoral counseling, pre-marital counseling, and marriage and family ministries. During seminary, he was selected to receive the Gordon Johnson Scholarship for Expository Preaching (which he declined). He graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1988.

In August 1988 the Lord called Kenny to Oak Hill Baptist Church in Humboldt, IA. After ten years preaching and pastoring in the local church, the Lord then called Kenny back to Bethlehem as Pastor for Urban Ministries in September 1998. Then, in March 2003, in response to the elder's growing sense the God was calling Bethlehem to develop an intentional church planting strategy, Kenny was appointed the Pastor for Church Planting and Strategic Mobilization. He currently is the Lead Pastor for Spreading, overseeing the outreach ministry departments at Bethlehem.

Since 1979 Kenny and Kathy have been happily sustained by grace in their marriage and are the parents of four wonderful children: Michael, Elliot, Andrew, and Kathryn. Kenny plays the guitar, swims, and coaches baseball and soccer.

Marc Heinrich, Worship Ministry Apprentice
Marc is married to Becky and has two children, Holly (12) and Connor (6). He works in sales full-time and is on staff 1/2 time in the worship department of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Marc enjoys reading, playing guitar, writing songs, spending time with his children (especially walking through the woods near his house), and going out (or staying in) with Becky.

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