Pastor Portraits: Rev. Kevin Carroll

Pastor Portraits: Rev. Kevin Carroll

 

I was born in Shawnee Mission, KS, on December 2, 1967. Growing up, we moved around a good deal because my father worked for the government. When I was nine, Dad took a job with the Department of the Interior in Anchorage, Alaska, and the whole family relocated there in 1977.

I did not know it at the time, but my parents’ marriage was in trouble and they divorced shortly after the move. My mother relocated to her childhood home, Colorado Springs, while my brother and I stayed with my father. The following summer, while my brother and I were visiting Mom, Dad was gloriously converted. When we returned to Alaska at the end of the summer, we began attending church as a family and on a Sunday night in the Fall of 1978, I was converted too.

Shortly afterwards, we moved to Greenville, SC. Dad wanted my brother and me to be grounded in the Word so he enrolled us at Bob Jones Academy where we attended for two years. While there, and as a boy of 13, I began to feel that God was calling me to pastoral ministry. That was my goal ever since.

My education was decidedly Arminian, baptistic, and dispensational. I married my high school sweetheart in 1986. I graduated with a BA in Biblical Languages from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, MO and was ordained to the ministry in 1991. In 1993 I enrolled at Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana to get my MDiv. While there, I met and was mentored by a Reformed Baptist pastor through whose preaching I came to embrace the doctrines of grace and began to question Dispensationalism. During my middle year at Grace, I was called to pastor a growing Bible church in southern Wisconsin. The church was a member of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America. My slow embracing of Calvinism caused me to reject Dispensationalism altogether and my new-found Reformed beliefs were bleeding into my preaching. Eventually, the church asked for my resignation, despite the fact that attendance had doubled while I was there. The firing was followed up by an emergency appendectomy, an extended hospital stay, financial troubles, and strain on my marriage. I was not sure I wanted to continue in ministry, if it meant dealing with the kinds of things I had over the last several years. We returned to Colorado in 2000 to lick our wounds and were providentially led to the PCA.

In 2003, at my father-in-law’s urging, I returned to seminary, this time to Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and graduated with an MDiv in 2007. Since then I have served churches in Colorado and Mississippi. In 2011 I fell desperately ill and nearly died. I had to step away from the pastoral ministry for over a year, so I resigned from the PCA church I was serving in Denver to recuperate. God used that time to lead me to Providence Reformed Church and the RCUS, where I have served since 2013.

Additionally, I served in the Army for 11 years, working in Military Intelligence as a German language interpreter and as a Psychological Operations Specialist.  I was also a contributing author to Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, a 2006 Zondervan publication designed to help students and ministers use the original languages of the Bible more easily. I have been married to Tammy for 27 years and we have four boys:  Matthew (20), Joseph (18), Nathan (16), and Benjamin (14) as well as a foster son, Walker (16).

I praise God for the RCUS and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as we serve our risen Lord together!

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