By Sharon Mager
Kavon Pearson was raised in Waldorf and attended Roman Catholic masses with his family, but had no use for religion as a young adult. Later, when tragedy struck home, the shaken young man was crying out for answers.
“I was a freshman at Frostburg State University. My sister died in a house fire, and I wanted to know why would God to take an 8-year-old girl’s life away,” Pearson shared. A friend invited him to a Bible study. “I got answers and found hope there. That’s what drew me into ministry—to a world with lost and broken-hearted people, where He places himself. That’s where I wanted to be,” Pearson said. He committed his life to Christ as a sophomore.
Pearson began attending “Generation Investigating God (GIG),” a Baptist Student Ministry sponsored by Cumberland Community Church (CCC), and led by CCC Pastor Ron Yost and Frostburg students.
“Pastor Ron discipled me, and I grew up. He handed leadership to me slowly. I grew to love doing ministry.”
Pearson said he worked full time volunteering in college ministry while still attending classes. “I invited people to GIG. I learned how to recruit leaders and volunteers, how to fundraise and other principles valuable to doing ministry,” he said. “I learned we could make a difference on campus.”
He graduated in 2013 and served as a North American Mission Board (NAMB) student missionary serving as an intern with Bear Valley Church in Denver, Colo., taking church to multi-housing projects and mobile homes.
After returning to Maryland, he began working for the government, but he missed his ministry. He felt the Lord drawing him back to Denver. He called Bear Valley Church and asked if he could go back, and they welcomed him with open arms. He now serves as the community youth pastor.