Kevin Yoho's mission is building spiritual networks, connecting the gifts of people, churches, and communities to change world in the name of Jesus Christ. He is committed to exploring and implementing innovative ministry models. Dr. Yoho engages leaders and students in paying attention to the culture and how to co-create a better future. Kind of like an ecosystem network architect.
Kevin's mission connects people, churches, and communities. The Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho is a minister member of Newark Presbytery where he recently concluded almost ten years as General Presbyter and elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. An innovator and teacher, Regional leader and consultant, Kevin's forthcoming book, Crayons for the City- Reneighboring Communities of Faith to Rebuild Neighborhoods of Hope, will be published this Fall by Wipf & Stock's Cascade Books. Kevin and his wife, Melissa Arnott, EdD, make their home in Ocean City, NJ. They enjoy five children and three grandchildren.
The Rev. Kevin Yoho, D.Min., served as General Presbyter of Newark Presbytery, a council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His mission was resourcing 8,000 people in the Presbyterian tribe of the church to love their 800,000 neighbors.
Prior to his call to Newark in 2006, Dr. Yoho served 23 years in parish ministry, notably as an inner city pastor in multi-ethnic and multi-racial communities of Philadelphia, especially in Kensington, north Philadelphia. His transformational leadership in community transformation and success in implementing collaborative youth violence reduction partnership models received national media attention. Basically, Kevin is just trying to pay better attention to things that really matter. Family, people, and the world. Simple.
Dr. Yoho is a learner and innovator (and sometimes a disruptor). He serves on the board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (Leadership Committee chair). He offers leadership to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which includes the Association of Mid Council Leaders, Synod of the Northeast Executive Collegium, and the New Jersey presbytery leaders gatherings. He is also adjunct faculty of CityVision University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary (teaches Congregation and Community Impact, DMin Project Development), and Drew University (teaches PCUSA polity). Dr. Yoho is a graduate of Washington Bible College (BA in education) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv, emphasis youth ministry), where he was graduated in 1981. In 1999, Palmer Theological Seminary of Philadelphia conferred on him the Doctor of Ministry degree in Revitalizing the Local Church for Mission with Distinction for his thesis on urban church transformation, capacity-building, and public and private collaboration.
Dr. Yoho is married to the love of his life, Dr. Melissa Arnott (EdD), and together they enjoy their five great kids and three very cool grandkids.