Our Minister

Greetings everyone! My name is Kevin DeBeck, and Tree of Life is the first Unitarian Universalist congregation I have served as Minister. I am originally from Brewer, Maine and I’m living between McHenry and Elkhart, Indiana.  My wife is also a UU minister, as she is serving the church in Elkhart, Indiana. My youngest daughter is attending high school while my oldest is going to Indiana University South Bend. My ministerial development seems to be tied to the state of Illinois, as I did my chaplaincy training in Normal in the summer of 2015, my internship was at the Unitarian Church of Evanston from 2015-2017, and I graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in May of 2018. Some of the goals I have while serving Tree of Life is to expand the membership, provide pastoral care and help the congregation toward calling a full-time minister. My office hours are typically every other Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM. If you need to make an appointment, please feel free to e-mail me at minister@treeoflifeuu.org, or call or text me at 574-333-6861.  I hope to see you soon!

Kevin’s Bio: Kevin DeBeck was born in Bangor, Maine in November of 1972.  He grew up in Brewer, Maine and graduated from Brewer High School in 1991. He’s an 8th generation Mainer, and he considers Maine to be his spiritual home, where his family of origin still lives. He met his wife Amy in the fall of 1996 when she came to Maine to go to seminary at Bangor Theological Seminary to become a UU minister.  They were married in 1998 and had two children, Henry, in 2000, and Eliza, in 2003.  Kevin got his undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Maine in 2002, and the family moved to Virginia in 2004 where he worked as a 7th grade U.S. History teacher. Amy was called to the UU Fellowship of Elkhart, Indiana in 2008 and the family has been living there ever since. Kevin heard the call to ministry in 2013 and graduated from Meadville Lombard this past May. He visited the Ministerial Fellowship Committee September 2018 where he was fellowshipped as a minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association. He will gain the title of Reverend after his ordination.