The Rev. R. Kevin Seckel is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. He and his wife, the Rev. Carol Seckel, also a GBGM missionary, are serving with the German Central Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Seckel is pastor of the New Hope English-speaking Fellowship of the United Methodist Church in Frankfurt, Germany.
In the years he has been in mission service Kevin has seen his role as one who believes in "living with people, learning their culture, language, and stories and helping them grow in all aspects of their faith."
The Seckels were previously assigned as Northeast Jurisdiction Mission Interpreters-in-Residence and as missionaries in Latvia where they worked providing assistance for the re-emerging United Methodist Church.
During the four years in Latvia, Kevin developed a program for unemployed, out-of-school youth where he taught them work skills by converting old cars into “kit” sports cars. From 1999-2000 Kevin and his wife, Carol, served as Missionaries in Residence at the General Board of Global Ministries where they were liaisons between the GBGM and the total missionary community.
The main focus of Kevin's mission service has primarily been as a Home Missionary within the Alaska Missionary Conference. From 1989-1999, he and Carol were co-spiritual life directors (chaplains) of Alaska Children's Services (children’s psychiatric residential treatment center) in Anchorage, and from 1984-1986 he served as the sheltered workshop manager for the Sitka Council on Alcoholism. From 1978-1982 he and Carol were co-pastors of the Chiloquin, Williamson River, Fort Klamath and Beatty United Methodist Churches in the Klamath Basin of Oregon, a 6,000 square mile charge of Native American and Anglo congregations.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education degree, Kevin received certification in Industrial Arts Education from Ohio's Bowling Green State University in 1972. He earned the Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (METHESCO), located in Delaware.
A clergy member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, Kevin's charge conference is Salem Trinity United Methodist Church. In 1992, Kevin received the Alaska Children's Services Employee of the Year Award. He is an active sports car racer and is past president of the Alaska Sports Car Club.
He and Carol are the parents of three adult children, Joshua, Jason and Jeremy, and six grandchildren.
: Oregon/Idaho Annual Conference
, Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
, West Ohio Annual Conference
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