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Kevin Block


2003 Highlights:
After high school, Marilyn went straight into Nurses training and has since worked at various senior homes around the Niagara Region.
Kevin wasn't as focused and took a few years working carpentry and at Bethesda before deciding to go back to school.
Living in California was terrific, and we loved travelling around, exploring California life.
After graduation, we moved back to Vineland, and Kevin became the Pastor at First Mennonite Church in Vineland for 13 years (ended in June/03). These years at the church were very good, enjoyable years.
Kevin loves the liturgy and this has prompted his move towards the Anglican ministry.

The following is the biography of The Reverend Kevin Block, Rector of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara Christ Church, as written on the church website;

Although I have been rector of Christ Church for three years, I have only been an Anglican for the past four years.  Prior to that I was a Mennonite minister, as were my father and grandfather before me.  (In Mennonite circles, we are known as "Russian Mennonites" because our ancestors moved from Holland to Russia in the late 1700's and came to North America around the time of the Communist Revolution.)
As well as being a pastor and being in school, I have had varied work experiences.  I grew up working on fruit and dairy farms and after high school worked for two years at Bethesda Home (at that time a residential home for both mentally handicapped and mentally ill adults).  Between college and seminary I also completed a four year apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker.  In school, my chief interests were English and History, interests that merged in 1994 with the publication of an historical novel entitled "Without Shedding of Blood."  My current hobbies are sailing, cycling, and being entertained by my little spaniel Becket.  My wife Marilyn and I were high school sweethearts and we have been married for twenty-seven years.  Marilyn is a full-time registered nurse and we have two adult children, whose visits we constantly anticipate.
Although I am a recently confirmed Anglican, this tradition has been for me a home away from home for several decades.  Even when I was a Mennonite pastor I would go to Anglican churches for weekday Holy Communion because I loved the beauty and profundity of the liturgy.  On a sabbatical to India in 2001 I began to say morning and evening prayer from the Anglican prayer book, and my attraction to Anglicanism continued until ultimately I made an appointment with Bishop Ralph Spence and asked, "What must I do to become an Anglican priest?"  This led to Trinity College and an internship at St. Barnabas Church and the rest for me is history without regrets.
This is a small part of my story and spiritual pilgrimage.  If you want to share your story with me, please do not hesitate to call or write.  I'd love to hear from you.
Kind regards to all,
Fr. Kevin

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Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM