A resident of Canandaigua, New York, Kent Houppert recently completed seven years as the Youth Pastor of Grace Community Church, an Evangelical Free congregation located in Palatine, Illinois. Currently seeking a youth or associate pastor position, Mr. Houppert possesses 15 years of experience supporting senior pastors and founding and coordinating youth education and ministry programs. Mr. Houppert believes wholeheartedly that children serve as every community’s most important and valuable assets.
Kent Houppert started his spiritual education in 1990 with his wife; together, they attended a biblical studies program, where they studied and discussed scripture. After 18 months, Mr. Houppert and his wife accepted God’s call to the ministry. In 1994, he completed the Sonlife youth pastor training program and spent the following two years serving as a work crew coordinator and house parent at the His Mansion Ministries residential treatment center in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Mr. Houppert’s duties at the facility included overseeing a Christian residential treatment program that served at-risk young adults and teaching weekly Bible courses to as many as 30 students at a time. The experience laid the groundwork for his first youth pastor position, which he accepted with Canandaigua Baptist Church.
From 1997 to 2002, Kent Houppert served as a Youth Pastor for Canandaigua Baptist, during which time he directed a 100-member youth group and designed and implemented student leadership training. In 2002, he joined Cross Creek Free Methodist Church in Palmyra, New York. Within three years, Mr. Houppert increased youth program enrollment several fold and developed the curriculum for weekly youth group classes, as well as for mid-week Bible studies and Sunday school. In 2005, Mr. Houppert accepted his most recent position with Grace Community Church. His major achievements at the Evangelical Free congregation included boosting youth group enrollment by 100 students, implementing regular outreach initiatives in collaboration with a homeless shelter and a nursing home, and facilitating the construction of an orphanage in Haiti with help from a partner missionary group.