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Kroehler, Kent (1972, MDiv) and Joy
Kent “retired” in June 2010 after 42 years of ordained ministry. Retirement is a time to reinvent yourself and listen for God’s next call. He never heard that single, new call, and decided his new call was multiple. I‘m a member of several boards: a foundation that serves churches, a community group that supports/agitates for positive change at our county prison, our county homelessness prevention council, and two non-profits (one gives scholarships to South Sudanese students in Africa and the other provides summer enrichment programs for Lancaster city children). Kent and Joy are enthusiastic supporters of their Sudanese brother Jacob Guot at ATS, and Kent serves as an interim pastor near our home. They love to travel, and had a spectacular round-the-world trip in 2012. Their 3 children and 7 grandchildren are within a day’s drive. Kent’s favorite topics are God’s grace in Christ, hope, announcing that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and encouraging people to get up to and well beyond tithing.
I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1981. I have served in the Northwest Texas Annual from my return to Texas in 1981. 2 1/2 years ago, I moved to the New Mexico Annual Conference to serve the First United Methodist Church in Fort Stockton, Texas, which I continue to serve. My wife Sabrina and I have been married for 35 years with two children. We have a daughter Karisha, 30, who works in a nursing home here and a son, Richard 27, who works for Walmart.