Pastor Kevin Burkholder

2018 Recipient


Fowler-Larson Allies Award

Pastor Kevin Burkholder

Pastor Kevin Burkholder started in youth ministry at Goss Memorial Church in June of 2000. After ten years as the church’s Youth Pastor, he became the Senior Pastor in August of 2010. Kevin has volunteered locally with First Glance since 2000 and has served in leadership of Project Shine, an Akron-based, service-focused, mission opportunity for area youth since the summer of 2002.  Kevin, his wife Julie, and three children – Alexa, David, and Jocelyn – live in the Kenmore community.

Pastor Kevin Burkholder and Pastor Brandon File

Brandon and Kevin have known each other for nearly twelve years. As part of the Divine Soldiers music ministry, Brandon and Brandi participated in leading worship for Project Shine for several years beginning in 2006. Kevin has helped lead Project Shine since its inception and their paths repeatedly crossed over several summers.  God opened a new chapter in their ministry together in 2016 when Project Shine partnered with Brandon’s church to paint the congregation’s 40-year-old structure.  Brandon and Kevin’s congregations joined for Sunday morning worship as a part of the Project Shine effort in 2016 and again in 2017. Another service is in the works for 2018. The two continue to meet together, increasing their friendship and ability to encourage each other in the Lord.