• Kent Kessler

    Contributing sermons since Dec 7, 2006
Kent's church

ProFound Ministries
, Indiana

About Kent
  • Education: 1986-88 Christian Union Bible College (Pastoral Ministries track) 1989-91 Fort Wayne Bible College, Summit Christian College (BA in CE & Bible) 1991-94 Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv in CE & Counseling) 1996- Indiana Wesleyan University (MA Counseling) 2008-10 IWU (MA in Youth Ministry) 2010-15 Gordon-Conwell (DMin in Ministry to Emerging Generations)
  • Experience: KENT excels in leadership positions where people desire personal growth and change to reach their full potential; a knowledgeable teaching mentor, Kent discerns where individuals need the most assistance and coaches them towards their greater goals. Highly-motivated in the creative, service-oriented with over 25 years of ministry experience, and a strong track record of success in start-up programs, networking, teaching, and community building. Kent is a ‘Promoter’ on the DiSC, a dependable and dedicated self-starter with exceptional caregiving skills, passionate communicator, and seeks to love people into the kingdom of God; An enthusiastic team player with excellent organizational skills, easily and effectively interacts with all ages and backgrounds; Practical visionary leader, driven towards excellence with a heart for the poor. Kent keeps himself very busy with working part-time in the mail room at Taylor University, and with facilitating online courses for Ohio Christian University. His former associations with the YMCA LiveYers after school program, and volunteering as BSA Peshewa District Commissioner with the local Cub Scout Troop helps him to keep in touch to mentor junior high boys in his local church's youth ministry today. He also performs weddings, fills in the pulpit for pastors, and is a guest speaker and singer at events.If you are looking for someone to establish a ministry tailor-made for your church from the inside out (not copied or imposed), who does not do all of the ministry himself but wants to lead others in how to do life-on-life with hands-on training as he goes, then Kent is someone you should definitely interview. He is passionate about relational evangelism that isn't finished until disciples are made; he is prayerfully creative in developing ways to lead people to Christ who are not even close to coming to church. He is equally passionate about helping young couples have a daily quiet-time and family altar. Kent believes in intentional strategies, seasonal rites of passages for the community of God, and a family approach to doing community. He writes the adult curriculum at his church (see his blog for samples) and also leads DISCIPLE training; Kent also sings 1st and 2nd tenor with a traveling men’s group, involved in VBS, and attends a family-oriented small group faithfully. His StrengthsFinder signature themes are: Ideation, Activator, Futuristic, Learner, Command.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Would love to dialogue about any sermon you’d wish to...
  • Family: 1996 marriage to Melissa 1999 Joshua born 2001 Alethea born 2005 Andrew born 2010 JD born
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She loves me; she is my biggest fan and a great follower. She is honest and helps me to know what sticks out and what doesn’t...i let her read my sermons and allow to hear them first most of the time...and i love her!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach as if Jesus is sitting right on the front row. If you feel like you’ve dropped off a message when you’re done, then you’ve done your part. Tell the story. If you are going to preach this Word then you’ve got to get into your heart!
  • Hobbies: music, computer, graphics design, pre-marital counseling, singing, guitar, exercise (jogging, biking), computer games, cooking, woodworking...
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Too many of them to mention, but none of them are when 'I' was preaching :)
  • What I want on my tombstone: he was faithful...
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  • So Great A Salvation

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017

    People who know their own God-story have to share it. It is THE method God uses to spread His love and grace to others. Being Christ's witness is the sign of the Holy Spirit in your heart.

    If you have a coming-to-Christ faith story, I’d like for you to write down 1-2 names of people who impacted your life for the sake of Jesus Christ; people whom you’d say you’d not be a follower of Jesus, a disciple, saved, regenerated believer if wasn’t for “fill in the blank.” Did you know over more

  • Dealing With Church Problems: Thyatira Pt7

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    You cannot judge someone else for your own tolerance. What have you been tolerating? Isn't it about time to say, "ENOUGH!" Jesus thinks so. To overcome you must repent which means to do CHRIST’S WILL to the end. How?

    Revelation 2:18-29: “Dealing With Church Problems” Problems. Does anyone here have problems? I asked a man recently which years of a marriage are the toughest. He told me that the first 30 years were the toughest in a marriage. I asked him, well how many years have you been more

  • A Church The World Needs, Not Wants--Pergamum Pt6

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    “Be the church would ya!” Young people practice faith in the same way their parents practice faith. Studies today call this “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”. It is a very self-centered spirituality; a self-absorbed Christianity.

    Title: “A Church The World Needs--Not Wants--Pergamum” Introduction: I HAVE FOUR CHILDREN and I can tell you—kids, are smart—they know when you aren’t living up to what you believe and what you say! I worked with inner-city, street-wise kids for several years more

  • What Makes A Church Ugly? Ephesus Pt 5

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010

    The problem with Ephesus is they were doing so much inside the walls they never went out. They were a “come-and-get-it” church and not a “go-and-get-them” church. This church saw their culture as something you stay away from.

    “What Makes a Church Ugly?” Ephesus. Revelation 2:1-7 The world tries to get it right, but in all of its wisdom it can never measure up to the truth of God—it is all foolishness. LOVE is not a feeling to be lost—but it can be forsaken. LOVE causes us some great and more

  • Jesus' Wish For The Church (Laodicea) Pt4

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Ever wish for something? If you could wish anything, and I mean anything, for this church—what would it be? What do you think Jesus would wish for this church? Jesus has a wish for the church. What is it? It is written here.

    Jesus’ Wish For The Church” Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-22 Three girls were stranded on an island when they discover a lamp rub it and out pops a genie. They are each granted a wish. The C+ girl washed she was off the island “poof!” The “straight A” girl wished more

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  • Jesus Knocking

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010
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    JESUS KNOCKING A nurse on the Pediatric Ward before listening to the little ones' heart beat would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe, but she never got a response to equal four-year old David's comment. She more

  • Once Upon A Time There Was A Young Boy Named ...

    Contributed on Oct 14, 2010

    Once upon a time there was a young boy named Philip. Philip was born with Downs Syndrome. He was a pleasant and happy as most Downs children are--but he grew increasingly aware of the difference between himself and other children. Philip went to Sunday School at a Methodist church. His teacher, more

  • Here Is A Sign That Was Posted On A Bathroom ...

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2007
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    Here is a SIGN that was posted on a BATHROOM DOOR Attention Everyone: The Bathroom Door is Closed! Please do not stand there and talk, whine or ask questions. Wait until I get out. Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. No, it is not broken; I am not trapped. I know I have left it unlocked, more

  • One Out Of Three Children In The United States ...

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2007

    One out of three children in the United States are growing up without a father present in the home. Last year in a number of major U.S. cities more children were born out of wedlock than within. The American home is in crisis. Very serious diseases are affecting and infecting our home life. Things more

  • Two Paddleboats Left Port About The Same Time ...

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2007

    Two paddleboats left port about the same time down the Mississippi River. As they traveled side by side, the sailors began to taunt one another; challenging words were exchanged until finally a race began. After a time, one boat began falling behind; its fuel supply nearly expended. Although there more