Our Minister

It is with great pleasure that we announce the hiring of Kevin DeBeck as our new contract minister!

Kevin is a recent graduate of Meadville-Lombard Theological School (a dedicated UU seminary in Chicago), and he is on track to receive his preliminary fellowship with the UUA as of September, 2018. Though new to ministry, he has been a Unitarian Universalist for decades and is married to a long-time UU minister. He currently resides in Elkhart, Indiana, where his wife serves the local UU congregation. As our part-time minister, Kevin will maintain an apartment in our area and be here every other week for a full week at a time.

One thing that really stood out to us in the interview process with Kevin is his fervent commitment to social justice. He considers his personal theology to be based in the lesson that comes from James 2:14-26, which can be summarized as “faith without works is dead.” We – your Board – believe he is someone who will encourage us all to truly live our Unitarian Universalist faith through our works and deeds.

Kevin’s first day in the pulpit will be Sunday, August 19, 2018. We hope all of you will attend service that day and join us in welcoming him to Tree of Life!

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 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 will be visiting the Ministerial Fellowship Committee this September where he will hopefully become a fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association, so he doesn’t have the title of Reverend yet.  He’s an 8th generation Mainer, and he considers Maine to be his spiritual home, where his family of origin still lives. He’s looking forward to getting to know the people of Tree of Life and the things they could do together!