In honor of National Minister Appreciation Day on October 14th, we spotlighted Kevin McSpadden, chaplain of Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, Texas.

“Growing old isn’t for sissies.”

That’s what Kevin McSpadden has learned from the many senior adults he works with day-in and day-out. After 15 years in church pastoral positions, McSpadden joined the Buckner team as chaplain of Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, where he enjoys a slightly different role.

“I get to do the things I like, such as preaching and teaching and leading worship services, so chaplaincy is a great fit. It’s pastoral care, so it’s what I love to do,” he said.

McSpadden, who just celebrated his 14th anniversary at Baptist Retirement, says he enjoys working with senior adults because of their courage and faithfulness, even amidst some of life’s challenges.

“A lot of the members have to go through big transitions, whether downsizing from their homes, losing a spouse, or moving from one care area to another—it can be tough. To be an encourager to them through that is my favorite part of the job,” he said.

McSpadden also makes a special point to encourage members in their faith, reminding them every day of God’s love and provision over their lives. His favorite Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 2:8, beautifully illustrates his heart for the ministry he does at Baptist Retirement Community:

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

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