Alumnus Kevin Wade Dispenses Wisdom to the Next Generation

Kevin Wade, DMin class of 2018, has had a very busy spring. Not only did he graduate from Dr. Sweet’s “Preaching as Story” Doctor of Ministry program and took a job as senior pastor at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he also released his seventh book: A Daughter’s Book of Secrets: Things a Dad Should Tell His Daughter Before She Leaves Home. It seems appropriate that this book, a love letter and advice letter in one book, would be his seventh, given that Kevin is proud dad to seven girls. Kevin also writes under a pen name, Robin K. Johnson, to honor his mother and seven aunts. Clearly God has put Kevin in the midst of strong women for a reason!

Kevin wrote this book for dads and daughters, in hopes that it would provide guidance and inspiration for dads to deeply connect with their tween, teen, and young adult daughters. Kevin is not afraid to dig deep, offering suggestions for conversation in areas which fathers often fear to tread and giving real hope for reconciliation in broken father/daughter relationships.

Kevin’s experience at Portland Seminary has been formative in his own life and ministry. He describes how seminary prepared him to look past the physical and cultural barriers of society to meet each person as a brother or sister in the family of God. He notes how reading Giving Blood by Leonard Sweet drew him to change his approach in ministry to being more attentive to the little details in his personal life while also working on ministry growth. And he laughs as he recalls a favorite memory: “Dan Brunner day” where students all dressed in argyle and a bowtie to celebrate their beloved professor.

Of course, graduating hasn’t seemed to slow down this busy pastor, father, leader, and writer down one bit. He’s already working on his next book, The Last Judge, which he hopes will be a pastor’s aid in shepherding the church family.

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