When UMFA Seminary Scholar Lynn Cross met Nathan Kilbourne at Duke Divinity School, congregations in the Arkansas Conference received a double measure of grace. In 2009, Lynn and Nathan graduated from seminary, married and began serving local churches in Arkansas.
Rev. Nathan Kilbourne previously served at Asbury UMC, Little Rock, and Vilonia UMC. He is now senior pastor at First UMC, Jacksonville. Rev. Lynn Kilbourne's ministry has taken her to First UMC, Bryant, and First UMC, Conway. Today she is senior pastor at First UMC, North Little Rock. Nathan and Lynn have one daughter.
“The Foundation allowed me to go to the United Methodist seminary of my choice without the anxiety of taking on debt,” Lynn said. “Knowing people in Arkansas had invested in me and would welcome me back meant a lot when I was in seminary.”
The Arkansas Conference quickly became Nathan’s home, too. The couple recently completed the Advanced Pastoral Leadership Program, which included five years of leadership development training in areas like preaching, fundraising, creativity, and evangelism that was funded by the Foundation. “Without the help of the Foundation, one of us might have been able to participate in this important leadership development program – but definitely not both of us,” he said.
The Foundation is pleased to know the Kilbournes will be serving our local churches for decades to come.