I am, above all else, a follower of Jesus Christ. I am also a husband to Janie, father to Anna and Leah, and the Lead Pastor at North River Church in Parrish, FL. God opened my eyes to his marvelous love and grace when I was eight and I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. He then called me to ministry at the age of fourteen. I have had the privilege to study at some great universities/seminaries and have received an Associate of Science degree from Andrew College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. I have also written a book entitled Parent-Driven Discipleship and it is available at Amazon and Energion Publications. I love reading, writing, running, working out, mountain biking, and woodworking. I chose to name this blog Beyond The Sermon because do have a life outside of the Sunday sermon. Hopefully, this site gives you a glimpse into my thoughts about life, ministry, family, theology, and all other sorts of things that pop up in my head. Feel free to email me at michaelfkennedyjr (at) gmail.com and happy reading!