Hopkins embraces 'calling to serve God'
Baldwin City, Kan. — As a baritone bugler for the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps from Hutchinson, Kan., during his youth, Kevin Hopkins always enjoyed attending music camps at Baker University. Those fond memories have remained for more than 30 years as Hopkins, now known as RevKev, prepares to return to the Baldwin City campus this summer.
Hopkins, the senior pastor at Leavenworth (Kan.) First United Methodist Church since 2009, was announced in January as the minister to the
"I have been affiliated with several private colleges in Kansas, and Baker has always been the school that is highly respected by other regional schools," Hopkins said. "For the past several years now, I have felt God calling me to return to campus ministry and when this position became available I knew I wanted to apply. Based on my memories of Baker, my higher education experience, and my passion for campus ministry I thought it would be a good fit."
His experience in campus ministry includes stints at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, Kan., on Southwestern College's campus and as dean of students and campus pastor at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kan. He previously held faith-based leadership positions at Southern Illinois
"I greatly look forward to watching Rev. Hopkins connect with our students," said Brian Posler, vice president for academic affairs and dean
Hopkins, who earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in
"I embraced my calling to serve God because of my involvement in campus ministry," Hopkins said. "I have always felt called to serve on a campus
In his role at Baker, Hopkins will lead weekly services at Osborne Chapel, the University's place of worship since 1996.
"It is vitally important to have many students involved in campus ministry," Hopkins said. "Campus ministry is their program — it is for
Hopkins and his wife of 24 years, Joni, who works for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, have six children. The Hopkins family plans to move
Hopkins plans to use his first month at Baker to visit with the campus community.
"I anticipate I will wear out the sidewalks on the campus as I try to meet as many faculty and staff as possible before school starts," he explained.