Monday, July 26, 2010

The 5th Baldwin Brother

Kevy P is our "5th Baldwin Brother" hero! Kevin Palau '85 is the President of the Luis Palau Association and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. He recently worked on the Seasons of Service in Portland and across the World.

It's unusual for a son to take-over and work in his father's ministry, I can only think of maybe one or two cases where that is the case like.... Pat Robertson & Gordon Robertson, Dr. James Dobson & Ryan Dobson, Billy Graham & Franklin Graham, Tony Campolo & Bart Campolo, Ed Young Sr. & Ed Young Jr., Robert Schuller Sr. & Robert Schuller Jr., Chuck Swindoll & Curt Swindoll, Rick Warren & Josh Warren, Leyland Ryken & Phillip Ryken, Charles Stanley & Andy Stanley, and Jim Baker & Jay Baker. Hmmm.

Under Kevin's leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, including festivals which have drawn crowds from south Florida to South America of up to a million people. Using a festival model for mass evangelism, these events are free, family-friendly celebrations that bring together major Christian music artists, extreme sports, celebrities and prominent Christian athletes, and community service projects.

In 1997, Kevin developed the Next Generation Alliance®, LPA’s partnership to encourage and equip a new generation of evangelists. The experience and resources of decades of evangelism are shared with those who will take the Gospel to the world of the 21st century. Still, world evangelist Luis Palau remains the leader and driving force at the ministry. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon, near LPA’s international headquarters with his wife Michelle and their three children.

Kevin Palau and Stephen Baldwin have teamed up to develop innovative evangelism strategies to take LPA into the future. One of these strategies was an extreme sports film directed by Baldwin and produced by Palau called "Livin' It." (it was a small budget release so they couldn't afford the "g" on the word living.)

With the success of "Livin It," Palau and Baldwin are back at it with 8 new films that are faith sequels to Baldwin's earlier films.

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