About 5 years ago we moved to our current location with a desire to share God’s love to those living in the area. We currently have our English speaking service on Sunday morning and host a Zomi Burmese group and a Nepali group during the weekend.
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PERSONAL TESTIMONY AND CALLING
Kevin Osborn’s BIOGRAPHY
I was born in San Diego California and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. I grew up in the Wheaton Methodist Church. At age 13 I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in a Baptist church many years later. I believe in the basic tenets and inerrancy of the Bible. As a child I sensed I might be a preacher. However, I answered God’s call to ministry many years later. I began my ministry in 1995 by working for Suicide and Crisis Services of Santa Clara, CA. I entered seminary in 1998. One of my professors, Dr. David Eckman, became my mentor and guided my preparation for ministry. I retired from a successful career in the electronics industry in 2000 and pledged to God that I will belong wholly to Him and not to myself for the rest of my life.
I married Sheri a devout Christian woman in 2002 and she is my true help meet. She has served the church in a variety of positions since her college years including Evangelism Explosion, teaching Sunday school classes and leading Women’s Bible studies. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University and has worked for leading software companies in the Bay Area
Our greatest joy has been serving the Lord together by serving the church body. In addition to ministry, we love to travel, to do remodeling projects around our house and to financially support a variety of Christian ministries around the world. Personal hobbies/interests are numerous, including I am an accomplished musician, ex-pilot, love to boat (fresh and deep sea) world-travel, arts and architectural design.
I spent many years in the secular world of business and personal gain. I was disillusioned, until the Holy Spirit convicted me (circa 1993) that I was not following God’s leading, thus failing to truly live an authentic Christian life. His powerful and unmistakable call to ministry brought about a pursuit to a holy life and full time ministry. I learned to welcome God’s plan and power to transform me into the likeness of His perfect Son, Jesus. I am called strongest by
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
We can fulfill this command when we finally come to believe that God has a plan and He does not need ours. He has the power to enact His will and can restore this world to perfection in the blink of an eye. We are not to be about creating a Christian utopia on earth. I desire to deepen the believer’s relationship with God, detach him from worldly affairs and engage him in Kingdom affairs, and to always strive to know and understand the difference. I want to help him transform into the likeness of Jesus and glorify God in all ways. Our triune God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in such a profound relationship within themselves they are actually one. It is imperative a shepherd realize then that relationships are of paramount importance. Created in His image we are by definition designed to be in relationships. The relationships I strive for in church are the priority. I have been blessed with many long term relationships throughout life. I believe God has given me a very special understanding of the importance of relationships, and ability to develop them. As Jesus showed in His ministry He first surrounded Himself with a core group of men He would eventually build into leaders. In turn they went out into the world and developed more leaders through discipleship and education. I have always gravitated toward close personnel relationships with others. I deeply value the power of fellowship to comfort, conform us to, and confirm us in Christ. The church should be more than a place to worship. It should be a shepherd-generating organism. My desire is to be a shepherd that creates more shepherds.
Jody was born a Texan, but left due to his father’s military career and then his own 20 years as an Army officer. In 1993, he returned to Texas with his wife Jean and two (now grown) children. Jody accepted Christ as his Savior while a teen. He has been leading Bible studies since 1974 when asked to teach adult Sunday School at the base chapel in Fort Jackson, SC. He trains and supervises volunteers for San Antonio’s ‘Volunteer Income Tax Assistance’ program. Jody enjoys playing historical miniature wargames, particularly the Napoleonic era.
Dan grew up in northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He believed in Christ as his Savior while a young boy. He graduated from Wheaton College, and subsequently moved to Texas to take a teaching job, where he met his wife, Janie. He is now retired from the public schools, but teaches history part time at St. Philip’s College. He and Janie have two grown sons. Dan’s pastimes include gardening and writing.
Mike was born in Texas and grew up in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ontario, Canada. After a career as a teacher and military reserve officer, Mike has now retired in San Antonio. He became a believer at the age of 26 while working in Tulsa and awaiting order for Naval Aviation OCS in Pensacola, FL. Mike is married to Dr. Casey Elkins, a pediatric dentist. He has a grown son and a grandson, and four step children and a step grandson.. He enjoys swimming, reading, and watching movies.