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Ken Pyne: Guiding Leaders
Ken Pyne enjoys working his garden every summer and watching the growth. He is even more passionate in the discipleship of young couples and watching them grow spiritually.
After 27 years of pastoring, the BBC&S alumnus is back - not as a student but on staff. Ken (80, BSM; 86, Th.M.) will be contributing his passion and experience as Seminary Chaplain and Director of Internships, replacing the retiring Dann Austin.
Learn more about Seminary internships here.
I am a Chicago boy at heart, being born and raised in the north side. I was born into a Christian home and was probably in church a week after my birth. Influenced by teachings at the church and home, I realized my need for Christ and was saved at the age of five. I was always involved in music, especially in high school. There was consideration to attend a secular college for music, but God used some different things to redirect me. BBC was introduced to me through the Chambers Singers and I won a scholarship through Talents for Christ.
I majored in Music during my undergrad, but instead of immediately going into the music ministry I was encouraged by some BBC professors to consider going to the Seminary to get further Bible training. There are no regrets looking back on it because it was a very maturing opportunity for me to grow spiritually. During my education there, I gained experience in many ministries at First Baptist Church in Hallstead, PA. That experience helped prepare me for being a pastor.
My wife, Debbie, and I met at BBC, on a Dr. Carter history field trip to Philadelphia. After we graduated in 1980 from our undergrad, we were married. We have four kids - three of them have already graduated from BBC and are involved with their spouses in full time local church music ministry or youth ministry. Our youngest is going to graduate here in May.
Most of my ministry has taken place in Taylor, MI at Evangel Baptist Church. I was the associate pastor, leading in the worship ministry, in the Bible education classes, and did a lot of administration toward the end of my time there. I did a lot of work with teenagers in Talents for Christ by coaching them and directing TFC for the state of Michigan. Our church really focused on working with our teenagers and developing them. We also had a teen choir and an adult choir. While at Evangel, I was able to complete a D. Min. degree in worship studies through Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. My wife and I loved the church and devoted ourselves to it.
At Evangel Baptist our church became an internship site. The BBS internship program is big. We had eight different interns from BBS while I was the coordinator. That was a great opportunity to pour into the young men's lives. My passion for ministering to interns helped establish my relationship with the Seminary. When Dann Austin decided to retire, they looked for someone to replace him. At this point in my life God had prepared me for this next step. I also considered at the age of 56 what I would potentially do the next healthy 15 years of my life, if the Lord willed. Ministering to and directing Seminary students and their wives is a very exciting opportunity for me and my wife.
I am now Seminary Chaplain, Director of Internships, and will be teaching some classes. My music ministry can be incorporated as well by possibly leading worship during chapel. I will keep up with the on-campus and online students, making sure they are developing spiritually as well as academically. When the time comes to send them out for internships, we know we are sending out a husband and wife who are spiritually mature and are ready to become involved.
I have always had an interest in coming back to campus. When this opportunity came up, we were excited to use our passion of investing in young couples' lives that will be sent out into ministry. It's like handing the baton to the next generation of leaders.
I have always believed in what BBC&S is doing, and now I get to contribute back to it. Looking back to when I was a student BBC, I received a great education in music and Bible. BBS was a time of maturing and spiritual growth. It wasn't hard for me to send my kids here. They all wanted to become involved in ministry and it was a great place for that training. It is not only a good place for education, but the overall campus life helped them grow in the Lord.
Being born and raised in Chicago, I am a big Chicago sports fan. The Bulls, Hawks, Cubs, and Bears are my teams. Come summer, I love being outdoors and working in my garden along with mowing the lawn. I like to make and watch things grow.
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Posted on: 1/30/2014 9:27:32 AM