Over 30 years of ministry experience
I believe that peer to peer ministry is the foundation for developing students into leaders. Developing this concept over my 30 years in youth ministry, I have helped to launch many students into full time ministry and now have started to send students overseas into full time mission work.
Kevin started in youth ministry under Paul Abner at Lakeside Assembly in Oklahoma City in 1987. Paul was a veteran youth minister who had been at Lakeside fifteen year. After serving with him for five and half years, as one of the nations first junior high pastors, Kevin moved to a small church in Owasso, Oklahoma. Starting with twelve students in 1994, Xtreme Youth Ministries quickly grew to over 200 students within the first couple of years.
Kevin developed Family Groups within just a few years and its implementation became a trademark of Xtreme. Peer to peer ministry is the foundation for developing students into leaders. Developing this concept over his 30 years in youth ministry, Kevin has helped to launch many students into full time ministry and now has started to send students overseas into full time mission work.
Kevin is passionate about helping other youth pastors succeed. Paul Abner handed him fifteen years of practical youth pastor experience as a young intern. Kevin took that foundation and built upon it and he believes now is the time for him to hand to others that same knowledge and wisdom.
Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He holds a master's degree in Applied Theology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership and Global Perspectives from Portland Seminary at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.
Kevin is married to Ann Norwood, RN, who is an Clinical Documentation Specialist and has two children, Maci, who is an college freshman andavid horseman and London, who is an amazing second grader.
Every Story Counts
Life is full of opportunities. Some you create, some just come your way. This opportunity has just come your way! My prayer is that as you have this book placed in your hands you would take advantage of this journey.
When Jesus started to pen my own personal journey of faith and ministry, He instructed me to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto me.” His righteousness is what this book is about. I can’t become what He intends for me to be without seeking Him first. Seeking Him first has been the driving force for my own personal life, and I would not trade this adventure for anything in the world even, when there are days and moments that I do not understand.
One of the things that Jesus has defiantly added to my life are significant relationships. Ann, Maci, and London are the greatest gifts that God has given to me. They have embraced being “all in” in youth ministry. Another significant relationship that Christ orchestrated is with my friend Reggie Dabbs. Our friendship is very unique because over the years he has shared his ministry and stage with so many XM Productions students. These opportunities have shaped and molded so many students’ lives. Relationships are a vital part of life.
This journey over the past thirty years has been full of the things recorded in this book. Here is what I must challenge you with for action. Always in life someone is going to have the pen. On this one thing you get to choose. Will you take the pen yourself or will you give Jesus the pen? My driving life focus has been to have the pen of my life in Jesus’ hands. Asking Him to write what He desires to be in my life. You can do that as well. Go on this journey with Jesus Christ.
This PDF is a fully printable and can be organized into a workbook for your students use.
Each page contains a short interactive devotional for the day.
Along with walking students through how to share their story, it also contains a journal to record their process.