Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern is my Wife

Having the last name, Kern, and being a pastor, some of you may be wondering if the controversial Rep. Sally Kern is my wife. The answer is yes most assuredly. Next January we will have been married 42 years.  We were married on January 23, 1970 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas at the original location on Beckley. Since then it has been an exciting adventure following the Lord’s direction.

We first attended McArthur Blvd. Baptist Church for 3 years while I attended school, worked as a wall paper hanger, and Sally was a receptionist for C. Wade Freeman who headed up the Evangelism Division of the S.B.C. of Texas. Our pastor at that time was Ron Dunn who later became a well-known conference speaker in the S.B.C. While at McArthur we were called to join The True Vine Ministry in Grand Prairie, Texas where we ministered on the weekends to street kids during the Jesus Movement.That was in 1973. This move was a real test of faith because we were required to sell all that we had, give up our jobs, drop our education plans, and trust God for our every need. We did that and God blessed us with a real growing experience in faith that has impacted us for the rest of our lives. During this time the ministry moved us to Palm Beach, Florida where we worked with Haverhill Baptist Church until the Lord called me to preach. At that time we resigned from The True Vine and I went back to school. I finished college at Palm Beach Atlantic and then moved to Fort Worth, Texas to work on my Master of Divinity Degree. It was during this time our two sons were born. After seminary, I pastored in Lone Star, Texas and Boise, Idaho before moving to Oklahoma City where we have been for 15 years.

Sally ran for State Representative in 2004 as a “decidedly Christian candidate who believed we are in a cultural war for the very existence of our Judeo Christian values.” She won by 68% of the vote. Her first session in office presented her with the challenge to remove homosexual themed books out of the children’s section of the county libraries. It took 3 years but she won that battle at the cost of alienating the homosexual political activists in Oklahoma. She has been targeted ever since she took that stand. She later gave a speech exposing a group of pro-homosexual millionaires who were actively working to remove conservatives from office in local government with the goal of replacing them with pro-homosexual candidates. In 2006 they targeted 70 campaigns and won 50 across the nation. They came after Sally with a vengeance but she never backed down. You can read her story in her new book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. You can find it in book stores and on-line at Amazon. It is a wake-up call to all conservative Christians to get involved politically before we lose our freedoms.

Original Country Gospel Song “Suffer the Children”

Posted a new song on YouTube. This is one of my favorites from the first album I recorded back in the 70’s.

My Church Olivet Baptist Church Oklahoma City

One thing you have already learned about me is the fact that I am a pastor. I have been in some kind of church work for 40 years. I have been a pastor for the last 31 years. I pastored Lone Star Baptist Church in Lone Stat, Texas for 8 years from 1980 to 1987. I pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho from 1987 to 1995. I spent a year in Dallas, Texas before I went to Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in 1996. I have served Olivet for the last 15 years.

Let me tell you a little about Olivet. It is an inner city church that celebrated 100 years of ministry last May 2010. When many other churches felt they needed to move out of the inner city back in the 1970’s, Olivet decided to stay. In her hey day, the 1950’s, Olivet was an upper middle class church running 1400 in attendance. Today we run from 120 t0 150. Our facilities are old but still functional. For example, our auditorium was built in 1920. Our newest building, that includes a gym, was built in 1967. It takes a lot of work and money to keep them up.

Here is what is so great about Olivet. Though we are small in number we are actively involved in as many as 50 ministries during the year. Some are continual, and others are seasonal. For example, we have a year around medical  clinic sponsored by Integris Hospital. We are open 3 Mondays a month and give out free meds. We have a ministry to homeless mothers with children that provides free housing, utilities, and food among others services. We call it Heart and Hand which also has a thrift store that provides jobs for our ladies and income to pay the ministry bills. We also provide children’s literacy programs, all summer day camp, sports programs, prison ministry for men getting out of prison, clothes closet, food pantry, children’s music programs, bus ministry, HIV counseling, rescue mission classes, and others. You can read about my philosophy of ministry in my book, Judgment’s Greatest Question. I hope to have it online eventually. It is a must read for every Christian who wants to be faithful in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

How I Got Interested in Writing Music

I have posted one of my songs titled The Christians’ Prayer.  I thought you might like to know how I got started writing songs. I grew up around music. My dad was a church music director and my mother played the piano for churches. As a young boy in small churches when they needed a kid to sing, they drafted me because my dad led the music. During the fifties, I listened to the radio and enjoyed the rock music. There weren’t any religious music radio stations back then. Most stations had times in the week when they played gospel music along with preaching. It was in the early sixties when the Beatles came out that my song writing interests began to grow. I heard they wrote most of their own songs and thought maybe I could write songs too. So my song writing began as a hobby just for fun. I did not play a music instrument at the time so I had no way of  performing what I had written. I joined the Marine Corps in 1965 a year after I graduated from High School.  It was while I was stationed in Vietnam that I got around some guys who could teach me how to play the guitar. Most of what they played was country and rock so that was what I learned to play as well as some of the folk songs of the time. Peter, Paul, and Mary, the Kingston Trio, Joan Biaz, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and others were popular at the time. While in the military for four years I wrote over 300 songs. Most of my songs were love songs, war protest songs, and philosophical coffee-house songs. One of the songs was titled  Long Way From Eden  that was a cold war song that I later rewrote as an inspirational song in the seventies when Christian Contemporary music began to become popular. When I met my wife I was planning to become a Country Western singer and song writer ( I really liked George Jones and Johnny Cash). But, we got involved in a church that was experiencing a mighty movement of the Lord as a part of the Jesus Movement and we joined a ministry to street kids that allowed me to use my music in helping them worship. I was later called to preach and my music became a hobby again. I continued to write songs but mainly for sermon illustrations and Christian comedy routines in the churches I pastored. One of the reasons why I started this blog is so I could give others the opportunity to enjoy some of my music. Actually, it was my son’s idea, but that is another story.

Original Song “Christian’s Prayer” on YouTube

Posted my first YouTube video for my original country gospel song “Christian’s Prayer.” – Steve Kern

More Greetings

Hi, I want to give you a little more information about myself. I am 69 years old. I have been married 46 years to the same lady. I have been a pastor since 1980. I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 1976 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980 with a Master of Divinity Degree. I also received a Doctor of Ministry from the same seminary.  I was in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969 and spent 18 months in Vietnam. I began writing songs in High School and learned to play the guitar while in the military. Most of my music is country / gospel with a hint of  folk. I also do comedy routines with humorous songs I have written usually performed by my alter ego, Frog Legs from Looneyville U.S.A. His signature theme is, “Everybody lives in Looneyville ever once in a while.”

I have a great interest in Creationism and have written four books with that theme.

I am also interested in politics. As a matter of  fact, my wife is Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern who has a book available in book stores and on-line titled, “The Stoning of Sally Kern.” Her website is repsallykern.com

As time goes on, I will be sharing my sermons, music, and comments on the religious, social, and political issues of the day.

Hello Everyone

Welcome to my blog where I aim to post information related to my ministry, books, music and cultural apologetics. Feel free to join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pastor-Steve-Kern/242028039157842 and watch for upcoming videos featuring my music on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/PastorSteveKern

God bless,

Steve Kern