The Rev. Kevin Hopkins began his duties as Minister to the University
July 1, 2014.
The spiritual center of campus, the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel was moved stone by stone to Baldwin City from Sproxton, England.
Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Baker is home to students of many spiritual backgrounds.
A weekly chapel service on Thursdays at 11 a.m. is optional, and no classes or meetings are scheduled during that time.
University Ministry Staff
A regular participant in music camps on the Baldwin City campus during his youth, the Rev. Kevin Hopkins returned to Baker University in 2014 to serve as Minister to the University. Known as RevKev, Hopkins was the senior pastor at Leavenworth (Kan.) First United Methodist Church from 2009 to 2014.
"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," says Hopkins, originally from Hutchinson, Kan. "For the past several years now, I have felt God calling me to return to campus ministry."
His experience in campus ministry includes stints at Grace United Methodist Church on Southwestern College's campus in Winfield, Kan., and as dean of students and campus pastor at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kan. He previously held faith-based leadership positions at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
"I embraced my calling to serve God because of my involvement in campus ministry," he says. "I have always felt called to serve on a campus and give back. I hope I can help students juggle academic and social expectations while at the same time encourage them to grown in their faith."
Hopkins earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. Hopkins and his wife, Joni, have six children. His interests include running, playing basketball, Ping-Pong and racquetball. For 14 years, he has served as a chaplain with the Kansas Air National Guard.