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Meet Our Pastor, Bob Kerr       •   District and Conference Service   •   Education   •   Pastoral Ministries   •   Personal   •

Bob Kerr

Born in Jackson, Michigan, and raised in Miami, Florida, Bob graduated from Florida Southern College with an AB degree in Philosophy in 1967, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 1972, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological School in 1988.
Pastoral Ministries

Licensed to preach in the Miami District of the Florida Conference in 1965, Bob joined the Western North Carolina Conference in 1972 and has served churches across our conference. He spent the first eight years of his pastoral ministry in the Conference with a focus on youth ministries, first founding "The New Wineskins" in 1971 and directing them for the next two years, and then founding "The Mustard Seeds" and directing them until 1980. Both groups shared their witness to Jesus Christ in word and song all across the Southeastern and Northeastern states, from Florida to Michigan and Washington, DC to Texas.

While serving in Lexington, Bob helped establish "The Main Scene" ministry to street kids in the downtown area, some of whom were children of Outlaw motorcycle gang members. While serving in the Asheville district, he was part of the founding team that created "The Potter's Touch," a Tri-District counseling service that continues to provide psychotherapy and spiritual direction for United Methodist clergy and laity in the western regions of our Annual Conference. In several churches to which he has been appointed, he started puppet ministries as a means of outreach to children in the surrounding communities. After serving nine years at Main Street in Reidsville, Bob and his wife, Linda, moved to Terrell the summer of 2006 to serve the Rehobeth congregation.

District and Conference Service

Bob has served beyond the local church on District and Conference committees. He chaired the District Committee on Hispanic Ministries in the Northeast District in the late 1970s, and served for eight years on the Conference Witness Commission as vice chair, having previously served on the Conference Evangelism Committee. Prior to that he served on the Conference Council on Family Life. With a passion for leading others into relationship with Christ and the Church, Bob has been involved in the Church revitalization efforts in our Conference since the days of Herb Millerís "Growth Plus," to "Vision 2000," and serves currently on both the Conference and Catawba Valley District Committees on Congregational Vitality. Bob strongly believes that for a Church to be "vital" it needs to be healthy. So, along with Chip Webb, the Western North Carolina Conference sent him to Chicago to be trained as a Natural Church Development Coach trainer, a process through which congregations can improve their health and consequently their vitality for growth. Over the years Bob has taught courses at various District leadership training events that focused on Practical Need-Oriented Evangelism, Spiritual Gifts and Gift-Oriented Ministries, and Natural Church Development. He also served for many years as a mentor for ministerial candidates.

Linda Kerr
Bob's wife, Linda
Of Personal Note

Bob and his wife, the former Linda Newsome of Winston-Salem, enjoy writing and sharing original and contemporary music in faith-sharing concerts. Bob is a 5th Degree Black Belt certified instructor in Tae Kwon Do with more than 40 years experience.

Linda is a gifted artist and crafter, enjoying decorative painting and making porcelain dolls. Together they enjoy their children and grandchildren.

In the summer of 2007 Bob and then-10-year-old grandson Cody built a boat so they could fish on Lake Norman. Linda prayed fervently that the boat would float!


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