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porary church was and still is embarrassed by the supernatural or spir- itual elements of our faith, and that's a sad thing to see." In December, Crispell will retire after 18 years as pastor of Elmwood Chapel, Wellesley's 100-member Baptist congregation. But looking forward, he sees exciting times for people of faith. "Over the next 30 or 40 years, the church will increasingly become more of what actually began in the late '60s and '70s when small groups began meeting at local restaurants and coffee houses or in someone's home to study the Bible or other topics. I'm in one now. We call them 'life groups.' Prayer, communion and fellowship can be done in these more intimate settings. Sunday mornings are not necessarily the venue where you want to share your burdens with each other and pray. And from a practical standpoint, someone's house is more economical than keeping up the expense of maintaining a building." "I would never think of myself as a spiritual leader," says Crispell. "I'm a shepherd. My goal is to simply bring people to the place where they see that life is not about 'me' and that I am not the center of my universe." After his father left his family when Crispell was young, he and his brother were raised by their single mom who ran a home for unwed mothers. He remembers her wholeheartedly helping others, and he grew up as a musician in the Salvation Army Band, playing trumpet before he was eight years old. He received a master's degree and doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary but taught high school English and drama before joining the ministry at nearly 40 years of age. "Entering as a second career gave me 'the view from the pew,' which is unavailable to those who go directly from seminary to pulpit," he says. The parents of two adult daughters, Crispell and his wife, Polly, have been married 40 years. They live in Medfield with several rescue cats from an animal shelter where they both hope to volunteer upon retirement. He also looks forward to time for his lifelong love of bird- ing and music, singing in a Baroque and pre-Baroque musical ensem- ble, and plans to join a community theater group. No matter what, Crispell is grateful for the opportunity to serve. 92 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 "I would never think of myself as a spiritual leader. I'm a shepherd. " – T h e R e v e r e n d D r. K e v i n C r i s p e l l Our Religous Leaders

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