June 11, 2019
We are excited to announce that we are adding a new member to our Pastoral team at Resurrection. Beginning June 24, Kevin Sheehan will join our staff as our Children's Pastor. Outgoing Children's Pastor Carole Seid and the rest of the team are thrilled to see RezKids vision and oversight being passed on to such a strong and pastorally-gifted leader.
Kevin and his wife Kristen are long-time Rez members with a true heart for ministry, especially to young worshipers! You can welcome Kevin to this new position this Sunday at Resurrection, and read more of the Sheehan's story below.
My first experience with Resurrection’s children’s ministry came in 2015 when Sarah Graham asked me if I would be willing to volunteer as a summer shepherd in RezKids. Being an expectant father, I was eager for more experience caring for young children, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I quickly realized that RezKids wasn’t at all what I had come to expect from a children’s ministry. First, it was clear that this was not just a program to keep kids busy so that their parents could worship. All of the leaders and volunteers served with the conviction that each of our children are themselves young worshipers capable of fully engaging the living God. Second, I had not expected to feel so well-supported in my role. I felt free to show up on Sunday and be truly present with the children I was shepherding. At the time, I was in seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and I knew that if God called me to be a pastor someday, I wanted my children’s ministry to be just like this one. Imagine my surprise and delight that four years later, God has opened the door for me to lead this very ministry as Children’s Pastor! It is a joy and an honor to build on the solid ministry foundation set by Carole and her predecessors.
Though I’ve been involved in various forms of lay ministry leadership for the past 12 years, this transition into full time pastoral ministry marks an exciting new chapter for my family and me. It will be difficult to leave the technology team with whom I have been serving at Wheaton College, but I couldn’t ask for a better team to join than the staff at Resurrection. I am especially grateful for the loving support of my wife Kristen who is herself deeply invested in the lives of children as a first-grade teacher at Naperville Christian Academy. Some of you may know us better as the parents of our two energetic daughters Evelyn (3) and Olivia (1). They are two of my most compelling reasons (next to the call of Jesus in Scripture) for caring deeply about the formation of young worshipers. My prayer is that God will grant me the strength and wisdom to equip Resurrection's mothers and fathers (both biological and spiritual) for the important work of raising our children in the love of Christ.
I look forward to our ministry partnership in this next season!