Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Just a little background, so you can get to know me a little better. My name is Pastor Kevin McLeod, I was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 20,1953, and lived in Union, New Jersey until 1959, my family moved to Orlando, Florida in 1959. I attended elementary through high school in Orlando, graduating from high school in 1972. I attended Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas, studying in the Pre-Seminary program and received his AA in 1974. I met my future wife to be, Sandra there at Concordia. I then attended Concordia Senior College Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1974-76 and received his BA. That was the year that Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) moved from Springfield, Illinois to Fort Wayne. I then attended CTS until January 1980, when I left school, without completing my studies. After graduating from the Senior College, I married Sandra Honoree. We were happily married for nearly 29 years, until her death from ovarian cancer in June 2005. She had graduated from Concordia Teachers College, in Seward, Nebraska in 1976. During our years in Fort Wayne she could not find teaching positions, so she worked as a waitress to help support us while attending Seminary. We stayed in Fort Wayne for 5 years after I left CTS. I became a Radio Shack manager. In 1985 we moved to Orlando, Florida where I got a position with Martin Marietta as a Project Controls Engineer. We lived in Orlando for nine years, Sandra was able to get several teaching positions at Lutheran Schools in the area. During our years in Orlando, I served many positions at the Lutheran Churches we attended, elder, treasurer, youth director, and Sunday School teacher. In 1994, I got a better position with Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Portsmouth, Ohio. We moved to Chillicothe, Ohio and began to attend Our Savior Lutheran Church there. Sandra served as director of Our Savior's Preschool. I was promoted to Manager of Project Controls at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Site in Piketon, OH in June 2005 and served in this position until my retirement. During this time I was involved with Our Savior as head elder and bible study teacher. I also served as a lay preacher, preaching his Pastor's sermons at our sister congregation in Portsmouth, Ohio once a month for nearly 10 years. I decided to apply and was accepted at Concordia Theological Seminary in February 2009 and took early retirement in May 2009. I moved back to Fort Wayne in May 2009 and began my studies to be a Pastor in June. Due to the time away from school, no credit could be given for my earlier studies. I was accepted into the Alternate Route program, based on his Church experience. I served as Vicar of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Leadville, Colorado. I began my service as vicar in late July 2011 and finished in mid-July 2012. In July 2012, I received a call from Resurrection Lutheran Church Malvern, Ohio. I was ordained at my home congregation in Chillicothe, Ohio (Our Savior) on July 22, 2012 and was installed as the Pastor of Resurrection on July 29, 2012.
Resurrection Lutheran Church has completed the process of application and is officially a member of the SELC District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Resurrection is pleased to be a member of a Christian denomination that is well established, firm in its beliefs, and is focused on faith and mission work in daily life. The process took approximately 7 months from the formation of Malvern’s new Lutheran Church. The application for membership in the SELC District by Resurrection was accepted unanimously by the Board of Directors.
The Lutheran faith dates back to 1521 when the denomination was formed by Martin Luther and his followers who called for reform in the Roman Catholic faith. Lutheranism advocates a doctrine of justification “by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone” which went against the Roman view of “faith formed by love”.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which dates back to 1847 when Saxon and other German immigrants established a new church body in America seeking the freedom to practice and follow confessional Lutheranism and to accept the Bible as the only source and norm for truth and salvation in life. The SELC District of the Missouri Synod stands for the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. Today the SELC spans the eastern half of the continent, with congregations in the United States and Canada. The SELC focuses on mission outreach here in the US and abroad.
Resurrection Lutheran Church holds worship service Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at 105 S. Reed Street, Malvern (near the square). The local community is invited to attend a worship service and enjoy the relaxed, small town atmosphere of Resurrection Lutheran Church.