Kevin Osborn joined Resurgent as Interim Pastor in March, 2018, after serving as pulpit supply for several months. We welcome him and appreciate his willingness to serve while also having a career as a hospital chaplain.
I was born in San Diego California and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. I grew up in the Wheaton Methodist Church. At age 13 I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in a Baptist church many years later. I believe in the basic tenets and inerrancy of the Bible.
As a child I sensed I might be a preacher. However I answered God’s call to ministry many years later. I began my ministry in 1995 by working for Suicide and Crisis Services of Santa Clara, CA. I entered seminary in 1998. One of my professors, Dr. David Eckman, became my mentor and guided my preparation for ministry. I retired from a successful career in the electronics industry in 2000 and pledged to God that I will belong wholly to Him and not to myself for the rest of my life.
I married Sheri a devout Christian woman in 2002 and she is my true help meet. She has served the church in a variety of positions since her college years including Evangelism Explosion, teaching Sunday school classes and leading Women’s Bible studies. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University and has worked for leading software companies in the Bay Area.
Our greatest joy has been serving the Lord together by serving the church body. In addition to ministry, we love to travel, to do remodeling projects around our house and to financially support a variety of Christian ministries around the world. Personal hobbies/interests are numerous, including I am an accomplished musician, ex-pilot, love to boat (fresh and deep sea) world-travel, arts and architectural design.
Kevin’s STATEMENT OF FAITH
There is only one God, and He is the triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are three persons functioning in the same nature. God the Father spoke and creation came into being through the Son. My God is Sovereign, an all encompassing God, omnipotent, omniscient, and absolutely worthy of our worship.
We only live once. Every man-woman-boy-girl must decide to either accept Christ or reject Him. The consequences of rejection are eternal separation from God in hell, devoid of God’s presence, created for Satan and his demons. Further, without Christ, life in this world is without real meaning. Those who accept God’s free gift of salvation (it cannot be bought, earned or inherited) will spend eternity with God in heaven, a place so wonderful that we can only begin to imagine what it is like. In this world we can experience God’s love, joy, and peace no matter what life or our enemy Satan brings our way.
II Thessalonians 1:7-9. Hebrews 9:27, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Philippians 4:10-13.
There is only one Word – the Bible. It is infallible, inerrant, and inspired by God. It is the believer’s guide to life with the help of the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16. It conveys to man the very character of God. It is alive and speaks to our lives through daily study
Kevin’s PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
Jesus’ birth and sacrificial death on the cross marks the beginning of the “Age of Grace”. Since we have been reconciled to God, we are to remain on earth for a period of time to carry forward the reconciling ministry of the Son. We are continually provided the fruit of the Spirit: peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control to refresh, restore and powerfully enable us to carry out this ministry. Simultaneously we produce the fruit of good works which God has prepared for us in advance. We are never abandoned but we can substantially lose the restorative advantage of His fruit by abandoning our calling or neglecting our relationship with God. In turn we halt the transformation process and become unfruitful. This grieves the Holy Spirit. And therein lays the present problem.
Therefore we conduct ministry in this age of grace according to the New Testament principles set forth by the Apostle Paul and other biblical authors inspired by the Holy Spirit. The church/the members of the body of Christ, offer up passionately their spiritual sacrifices for the sake of the ministry and the unsaved. The use of the body with its Spiritual Gift is presented as a sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-6); Supporting the ministry is a “well-pleasing and acceptable sacrifice” (Phil. 4:18); Praise is described as a spiritual sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15 – certainly a priestly book); Sharing the needs of the saints “the doing of good and sharing are sacrifices well-pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16); The Giving of the Gospel is viewed as a priestly function according to Paul. He combined several priestly terms to maintain his position as a preacher of the Gospel (Rom. 15:16), and the offering of the Gentile converts would be accepted as a worthy sacrifice (Rom. 1:9).
This gift of salvation by grace from God is to be shared and offered to others as our primary function beyond any other life work or consideration. Not out of duty as in the “Age of Law” but out of our own loving response to, and gratitude for, the profound love God demonstrated on the cross. As we are filled with the fruit of His Spirit we are overwhelmed to the point of an outpouring of His abundance in our lives to others around us. We want others to know Him in much the same way we want our parents to meet and accept the person we wish to marry. We become other-centered super-naturally when the whole truth of the cross is revealed and we come to understand what that truth means.
The curse of sin has caused each of us to be deeply wounded spiritually and physically. Therefore we must not only win souls, we must also lead people to the healing power afforded by our unique relationship with God, our Abba Father. The theologically correct acts of a healthy and growing church as described above, can hardly be performed by Christians who themselves are not in the transformation process and receiving the healing power of the Holy Spirit.
There are innumerable worthwhile programs available for Christians to participate in and offer their time and energy. These are effective for God’s purposes only if they include a deepening relationship with the One for whom they are designed to illuminate and glorify. We must maintain a constant vigil against falling into works oriented, habit-grounded, religiosity – i.e. “I do because I must”. We lead the believer not only into the ministry but into the fountain of God’s fruit made available when the individual accepts their own significance to the body. We cannot hold onto the rugged self-centered individualism professed by a world culture AND hold the self-sacrificing image of God at once and expect to rest in peace. We must break the chains of legalistic service in the church and replace it with a joyful, interactive relationship with God the Father. We can do wonderful works and experience God’s joy in us when we allow His plans to be worked out through us, after we have died to the self, and embrace our worth and significance to God.
We proclaim the life of Jesus portrayed in Scripture as the model of all behavior. We must not allow our culture taught consumerism to consume us and turn us into demanding customers expecting the world (and the church) to provide for us the services for which we can pay/tithe.
I believe that God wants every church to be healthy. A healthy church is a church where all the believers are worshipping, ministering, growing, fellowshipping and evangelizing by working together. I believe that as a pastor my task is to preach the word, equip the saints for ministry through transformation into the likeness of the Son Christ Jesus, and lead the church in discovering God’s unique will for that portion of His body. His will always begins with His relationship with His children and is manifested through our acts of compassion.