Howse, Kevin John (1947–1990)

By Lester Devine

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Originally trained as a secondary history teacher, a career long Adventist educator, Lester Devine, Ed.D., has taught at elementary, secondary and higher education levels and spent more than three decades in elected educational leadership positions in two divisions of the world Church, NAD (1969-1982) and SPD (1982-2005). He completed his forty years of denominational service with a term as director of the Ellen G. White/Adventist Research Centre at Avondale University College in Australia where his life-long hobby of learning and presenting on Adventist heritage issues became his vocation. 

First Published: June 14, 2022

Kevin John Howse was a pastor and professor in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Kevin John Howse was born in Sydney, Australia, on August 16, 1947. Baptized in the Victoria Park Church in Western Australia in 1960, Kevin later enrolled in the Ministerial Training Program at Avondale College and graduated with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1969. He then followed his parents to the United States where his father was to lead the World Health Work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the next eleven years until his retirement. Kevin started his ministerial career in Chesapeake Conference, Maryland, first as an assistant pastor (1970-1971) and then as the conference youth pastor (1971-1972). He married Inge-Lise Hansen on August 16, 1972, in her homeland, Denmark. The young couple set up their new home at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, where Kevin completed his Master of Arts (Old Testament) in 1973 and his Master of Divinity degree in 1975. He began to work on his Doctor of Education degree when he was called to serve as youth pastor at Wahroonga Church in Sydney, Australia. He served there from 1976 to 1978. During that time he was ordained to the gospel ministry on November 19, 1976.1 The Howses were blessed with two sons, Peter and Paul.2

Back in the United States in 1978, the young family settled in Pennsylvania with Kevin engaged in pastoral work. Returning to Andrews University in August 1981, Howse completed his doctoral studies and graduated with an Ed.D. degree in 1982. Called to Newbold College in England, he was a lecturer there from 1982 to 1989. During his years at Newbold Howse developed his interest in family matters, was the principal author of a guide to family life, conducted family-life seminars for ministers across Europe, and contributed articles to Ministry magazine and other denominational publications. Returning to Australia because of his declining health, Kevin served briefly as a senior lecturer at Avondale College until his death in Sydney Adventist Hospital on March 31, 1990.3 He was 43 years of age.4

Dr. Kevin Howse had struggled with his health through most of his adult years. Diagnosed with a brain tumor just 18 months into his marriage, life immediately became very complicated, but Inge-Lise was there in constant support. Battles with seizures and overwhelming weakness at times meant that on occasion Inge-Lise had to complete his presentations in meetings and sermons for him as he determinedly battled on.5 Fortunately, she was well equipped for the task, and for many years after Kevin’s death, the gifted and creative Inge-Lise Howse Butler was a valued member of the South Pacific Division (SPD) Curriculum Development Unit in the Education office there until her retirement.6

Sources

Birth Certificate for Kevin John Howse, number B32661/69V, issued by the State of New South Wales, Australia.

Howse, K. J. “Life Sketch.” South Pacific Record, May 26, 1990.

Personal Service Record for Kevin John Howse. Archives of the South Pacific Division of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Wahroonga, NSW, Australia.

Patrick, Arthur. “Kevin John Howse.” obituary. South Pacific Record, May 26, 1990.

Notes

  1. Birth Certificate for Kevin John Howse, number B32661/69V, issued by the State of New South Wales, Australia.

  2. Personal Service Record for Kevin John Howse, Archives of the South Pacific Division of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1.

  3. K. J. Howes, “Life Sketch,” South Pacific Record, May 26, 1990, 13.

  4. Arthur Patrick, “Kevin John Howse,” obituary, South Pacific Record, May 26, 1990, 15.

  5. Inge-Lise Howse Butler, interview by author, May 2022.

  6. Lester Devine, personal knowledge as Education director for the South Pacific Division from 1990 to 2000.

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Devine, Lester. "Howse, Kevin John (1947–1990)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. June 14, 2022. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9IJ9.

Devine, Lester. "Howse, Kevin John (1947–1990)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. June 14, 2022. Date of access May 24, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9IJ9.

Devine, Lester (2022, June 14). Howse, Kevin John (1947–1990). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 24, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9IJ9.