About Us

To begin with, I want to share my favorite hymn sung by a man after my own heart. Victory in Jesus!  A related song is Long Black Train.

and this song, “Just Another Day With My Lord.”   Here is another, “I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand!”

Kevin Jesmer was born in 1964 in the remote northern Canadian mining city of Thompson Manitoba.2- kevin head shot

As a young man he enjoyed a carefree life with his mother, father and sister. He was cherished and was well liked by the many friends he made from elementary school and then through both junior and senior high.

Although the city was somewhat isolated, there were plenty of things to do and enjoy. “I was blessed to live many of the years there on the edge of the city limits, my friends and I could literally walk out my back door and onto trails that lead us to beautiful areas where we could enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, dirt bike riding and exploring the forest.”

After graduating in 1982, Kevin moved to Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba and pursued a degree in Chemical Technology from Red River Community College. Things were different though, being in a large city and away from family and some of his good friends, he found that he was  starting  to grapple with issues such as the meaning of life,  boredom and purpose.

In order to quench his thirsty soul Kevin became a hedonistic young man, playing with what some would refer as their “Dark Side” and was plunging deeper and further into spiritual abyss. He was lost in his sin. But Jesus did not abandon him.

While sitting alone one day, at the age of 22, tired of all that wasn’t happening to fulfill him and wishing for something better in his life, he was approached by a Christian and invited to a Bible study meeting.

He enjoyed it thoroughly and thought deeply about what the Bible had to say. “I remember thinking to myself, is Jesus really who he says he is? Is the Bible true? Is there a Kingdom of God? It felt right. My mind, heart and soul began to come together and with God and the support of my Christian friends, I was able to put doubt to the side and honestly open my heart to the Gospel.  I  repented of all of my sins and believed in Jesus for the very first time in my life.”

From that day forward, John 4:13-14 became the key verse of his life.

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”

While he attended a UBF (University Bible Fellowship) summer Bible conference at Michigan State University in 1986 the grace of God flooded Kevin’s heart with living water.  Jesus took away his emptiness and thirstiness and gave him a brand new relationship with the Lord,  as well as forgiveness, an absolute hope, direction and meaning to life, and eternal life. He  decided to serve his Savior Jesus as a Christian mentor and sought to become a Bible teacher for campus students (along with any who would listen.)

Since that time, Kevin has been teaching  the Bible, mostly on a 1:1 basis. In 2012 he and his family joined a community Bible Church. He hopes to grow as a missions coordinator and, God willing, a missionary one day.  Please pray for these things.

In 1991 he moved the to the USA and in 1992 he married his wife, Julie Nugent of Los Angeles. “Jesus also saved Julie from an empty and immoral lifestyle. She had no identity or joy. But when she came to Jesus and devoted her life to him, she discovered who she truly was in God, and found her identity and meaning of life. Her life key verse is 1 Peter 2:9, But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Over the next six years, God blessed them with five children, Jennifer, Augustine, Sarah, Hope and Mark.

From 1998 to 2013, they started a small, housechurch ministry in DeKalb near the campus of Northern Illinois University.

Kevin is currently a lay-minister, preaching the Gospel and also working as a nurse in the local hospital, Julie is a Bible teacher and also working full time as an executive assistant. We are currently members of a local community Bible Church. Our oldest, Jennifer, is studying at McGill University and participating in a Christian church near the campus. Kevin writes daily devotionals as part of a team for UBF.

To let you know a little about our backgrounds: Kevin holds a college degree in Chemical Technology , an associates degree in Nursing from Triton College and a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Elmhurst College. Julie holds a bachelors Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University.

They want to pass on all the things they have been blessed with, in the hopes of helping others to experience Jesus and find the same happiness (in Him) and salvation that they have found in their lives.  Their vision is to create Christian communities where the Gospel is shared through mostly 1:1 Bible study and relationship building. They pray to form communities where the love of God is manifest, where the word of God is meditated on deeply, preached and applied daily, and where each person may experience fullness of life in Christ.

The creation of this site is now a way to connect with Christians all over the globe and share experiences with each other as they follow Jesus.

God Bless You All.

Please take a minute to tell us who you are and how or why you ended up at our site. We would love to get to know you and look forward to enjoying your fellowship.

Simply talk to us by leaving your comments below either through WordPress or Facebook.  If you have something private you would like to discuss or get advice on then please send Kevin an email at kevinjesmer(at) (use the @ instead of at, if we put it as a proper email we will get bombarded with spam by software programs.)

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