Hey, there! I wanted to just tell you a little bit about myself, my family, and the vision for Katalyst Ministries.
Currently my beautiful wife, Kimberly, and I live in San Angelo, Texas with our four children, Kaiden, Kait, Kreed and Krue. We have called San Angelo home since we both came here in 1993 to attend Angelo State University. Kimberly and I have been married since 1996, and the Lord continues to walk before us.
I grew up in the small West Texas town of Lamesa, the oldest brother to the three most incredible sisters a brother could have. My father and mother are incredible Christian people and the true catalyst of my faith. I grew up in the church and under the preaching of my late grandfather, Reverend J.R. Williams. My grandfather instilled in me a strong passion for the Word of God and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
I accepted Christ as my Savior at age 9 and received a call to the ministry at age 12. I said “yes” to Jesus but “no” to the ministry for the next 11 years, which I now recognize was my attempt to add God to my life rather than give God my life. I surrendered whole heartedly to the Lord’s call on my life in 1998 and was ordained under my grandfather in December of that year. I took a position as Student Pastor at Glen Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas and remained there until founding Katalyst Ministries in 2003.
Since surrendering my life to God’s call, He has given me a real passion for students. I believe them to be the most passionate and incredible group of people on earth, and I truly believe that revolution starts with them. My ministry and preaching is intentionally relational, and my expectation for students is extremely high. I am not an entertainer or professional speaker, I am simply a sinner saved by grace, qualified by a supernatural call, and extremely compelled by Christ’s love to see the world come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and see the Church be the bride God intended for His Son.[quote] For all men are like grass and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fail, but the Word of the Lord stands forever. 1 Peter 24:25 [/quote]
I believe that today’s students need the authenticity and seriousness of God, and I pray that my preaching reflects those things. I must preach the Word of God in realness and without compromise in order to fulfill God’s call on my life. I understand that soon enough my life, my personality, my talents, my experience, and my passion will pass from this earth but the Word of God will always endure.[quote] I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4 [/quote]
Why Katalyst? The Lord is still answering that question for me. I believe that God has called this ministry to be a catalyst for change, growth, and revival in the local church and the advancement of His Kingdom. I simply want to be a part of God’s preparation of the Bride for His Son, and whatever that looks like, I’m in. My heart aches at the division of the Church and my soul sinks when I see methodology touted as the key for revival in the Church. God has not called me to start another church on another block in another city full of church buildings. He has simply called me to walk with Him and call the Church back to a place of repentance, unification, and power.[quote] Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding supper of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:6-8 [/quote]
A catalyst is something added to a certain mixture of things to create a permanent and obvious change. Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is the only catalyst that exist for change in a lost world. We exist to see that change.
If you have any questions or would simply like to talk about having Katalyst Ministries come to your city or church, please contact us.
Love Jesus Love Others[quote] For Christ’s love compels us… 2 Corinthians 5:14 [/quote]
Kevin D. Kirkland
Founder and President of KATALYST Ministries