First Baptist Church Naples | Naples, Florida

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Kevin Van Duser

KevinV300Pastor Kevin was born and raised in Miami, Florida. On Easter Sunday morning when he was 6 years old, he trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Through the influence of his Christian family and while working in Youth for Christ, he heard the call of God on his life at the age of seventeen. Kevin experienced some of the worst times of his life while in High School. But through that struggle, he became aware that many young people encountered the same problems and became passionate about sharing Christ with them.

For 5 years he worked in the ministry of Youth for Christ and was an assistant youth pastor of Calvary Community Church in Miami Lakes, Florida. Believing God was calling him to youth ministry, he attended Liberty University where he received a BS in Eduction and Bible in 1985. Additionally he earned his MS in Computer Science from Nova University in 1988.

Returning to Miami Lakes, Pastor Kevin taught and coached athletics in the public school system in Dade County for 11 years. He also continued his volunteer ministry at Calvary Community Church and became very involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 1995 God called Kevin as full-time Minister to High School and Middle School youth at the New Testament Baptist Church in Miami, Florida.

In 2001, FBCN extended the call to Kevin to serve as the Associate Pastor of Middle School and Church Recreation. In 2008 he led in the formation of the Sports Outreach Program and transitioned  as the Associate Pastor who directs this special ministry.

Kevin met his wife Jody Jones while first serving as the assistant youth pastor in Miami Lakes. After they both graduated from Liberty in 1985 they married and have served the Lord together ever since.  They have been blessed with 3 sons: Kevin, Kyle and Kody. Pastor Kevin and Jody feel blessed to be a part of a church that have loved and supported them. He looks forward to what God will do next as he trains “Young Champions for Christ”.

Kevin’s life and ministry verses are:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)