The Alliance family joins congregational partner Cumberland First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., in mourning the loss of Kevin David Rose, who served the church for 30 years as minister of discipleship and mission.
A hallmark of Kevin's ministry included guiding people to find their own story within God's story. Kevin's creativity for teaching and facilitating this faith story intersection impacted many people. His ministry leadership will be remembered and treasured by those who learned from him – children, youth and adults. This singer, painter, writer, storyteller and lover of theater and travel was adept at sharing the gospel message with relevance and passion. His unwavering commitment to living in the questions of faith—not the solace of easy and pat answers, will always be valued.
With emphasis on love and grace, Kevin’s ministry embodied a bold commitment to any who faced injustice and discrimination. This commitment of Kevin’s was one of the driving forces that motivated him to nurture the partnership between the Alliance and Cumberland First Baptist Church. His desire to further connect his congregation with the Alliance’s mission and ministry led him and his husband, Dan Von Pein, to open their home in 2010 to Alliance staff sharing the good news of the Alliance.
Kevin faithfully pursued his passion for education not only in his local congregation, but also as a member of the board for what was then Educational Ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA. He led with grace and dignity despite being in a structure unwilling to welcome all of who he was. He also held positions of leadership with both the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination.
Alliance website specialist Kristy Pullen, who worked with Kevin while with the American Baptists, offers, “I will be forever grateful for Kevin’s support and his years of important ministry that we wish had gone on longer. He will be missed.”
In a column remembering Kevin’s contributions, it reads: “Kevin’s greatest commitment was to the stories of faith, which he believed transcend both page and historical context, continuing to speak to each generation with truth and inspiration. His legacy will live on through his faith family at Cumberland FBC and the countless individuals who carry the imprint of his strength, wisdom and compassion.”
I shall pass this way but once;
any good that I can do
or any kindness I can show to any human being;
let me do it now.
Let me not defer nor neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- Etienne de Grellet
Paula Clayton Dempsey is director of partnership relations for the Alliance of Baptists.