Kevin Walden

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Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden served local churches effectively for over 30 years. As a local pastor he worked to equip people to share their faith and to use their gifts and serve their communities. Those experiences led him to serve pastors on the regional level as Regional Pastor with Pastoral Leaders in the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware region, developing educational opportunities, leadership learning communities and other ministries which fostered personal and professional growth.Walden is passionate about Transformational Spiritual Leadership, a style of leadership which aims to assist pastors and congregational leaders work together as they discern God’s will for their unique church in their community.Walden is a discipleship product of First Baptist Church of Omaha, Nebraska; and a graduate of two American Baptist schools, Ottawa University (BA) and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He also completed work at Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.).

Walden is married to Melody Walden, who serves as pastor of an American Baptist congregation. In addition to being active together in ministry on both local and regional levels, Walden’s extended family has served the Lord in the American Baptist Churches for generations as pastors and missionaries.

Posted Articles

Reflections on Green Lake Conference Center’s 75th Anniversary

Kevin Walden writes: The value that our camping and conference ministries add to congregational and pastoral effectiveness is priceless. Green Lake in particular over the years has encouraged clergy and laity to lean into a higher degree of closeness to God and effectiveness in ministry. We all need time to be still and seek a […]

Encouraging Pastors and Churches – Sister Church Visit and Rededication Service

Kevin Walden, associate general secretary for Congregations and Pastors, recently traveled to Puerto Rico for a Sister Church visit to Iglesia Bautista de Quebrada and a rededication service of Iglesia Bautista la Esperanza de Caguas, which was destroyed in Hurricane Maria. Read more about Walden’s trip, below. It was my honor on December 2, the […]

A Reflection by Associate General Secretary Kevin Walden: He Is Our Peace

During the 2018 Advent season, weekly reflections will be posted from the Acting General Secretary and Associate General Secretaries of American Baptist Churches USA. Each reflection will be posted prior to the Sundays in Advent. Below is a reflection written by Associate General Secretary Kevin Walden. Read the reflection posted for the first week of Advent here. […]

Prescription: Add Salt – A Reflection on the 2018 World Mission Conference

The reflection below was written by Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden, associate general secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness with the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, about the World Mission Conference which took place July 4-7, 2018 in Green Lake, Wis. “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its […]

Puerto Rico Sister Church Initiative Update – “An Historic Moment and Opportunity”

Written by Kevin Walden, Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness At the end of May, I joined American Baptist Churches of New Jersey’s Mission trip to Puerto Rico led by their disaster relief coordinator, Denise Gratzel. The logistics for the trip were coordinated through the American Baptist Home Mission Societies program: Rebuilding, Restoring, […]

Two New Associate General Secretaries Begin Roles with ABCUSA

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/2/18)—The two new Associate General Secretaries working with the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary ministry team were in Valley Forge, Pa., to begin their positions on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Rev. Marsha Scipio joins the organization in the role of Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives […]