Bradley (Brad) Kenn is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with the Gator Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry for colleges and universities in Gainesville, Florida.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Young adult mission service through Global Ministries expands participants’ mission vision and offers faith contexts for the use of skills. They integrate faith and justice by learning and working in communities that struggle with poverty and injustice.
Brad was commissioned in August 2012 and his initial placement was with the Shade and Fresh Water Project of the Methodist Church of Brazil. Shade is a national network of afterschool programs for at-risk youth ages 6 through 14.
Brad is from Phoenix, Arizona, in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, and is a member of the Village Church in Misenheimer, North Carolina, where he attended Pfeiffer University, within the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry, with a minor in Christian education. He has college work experience as a youth pastor and as a resident assistant at Pfeiffer.
His childhood, Brad recalls, centered around going to church with his grandmother and attending church camp at the conference’s Mingus Mountain Center in Prescott. “Mingus Mountain was my sanctuary,” he says. “I went back each year until I graduated from high school, thanks to the gracious members of my home church.” He vividly recalls the encouragement in faith he received from counselors at the camp. Brad was also deeply influenced to pursue ministry by a mission trip to Costa Rica in 2011.
“I firmly believe that God is calling me to ministry,” says Brad. “I want to explore the many possible ways to express my faith and help people, not only spiritually but physically as well.”
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