Updated: Aug 27
If you are reading this post, it is likely because you are trying to figure out what qualifications does Kumar have to be The Concierge Minister. Here are some things you should know!
#1 I am a board-certified pastoral counselor and board-certified clinical chaplain through the board of The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
#2 I am a trained bereavement counselor, former bereavement director of a hospice. I continue to lead online groups through Concierge Minister.
#3 I run two podcasts that you may find interesting. The first is called Church for Atheists, co-hosted by my buddy and former church member, Michael. He likes to quip that I was such a terrible pastor, I turned him into an atheist. This is a light-hearted program that follows the format of a traditional church service. Click here to learn more. The second podcast is, The Concierge Minister. This podcast is hosted by myself, where I interview people about their faith journey.
#4 I am entirely out of the closet as a pastoral ally to my LGBTQ friends. I have been openly ministering to these children of God since 1998, when I was a college chaplain and started the first support group on campus in my denomination. I am also the volunteer chaplain for Kinship International.
#5 My Master's Degree is in youth and family ministry, focusing on discipleship in the family unit. I earned a doctorate from Wesley Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Leadership. My dissertation was on branding in faith communities.
#6 I wrote a book about my interest in branding. The premise is that the Church has an image problem, and it needs to rebrand its identity to reach people.
#7 I am currently writing a memoir about my life as a victim of abuse and how trauma impacts all areas of a person's life. This book is also about forgiveness and reconciliation. Who knows how long it will take to finish. In the meantime, you can read my sister's Memoir, which was released this year.
#8 I have taught World Religions, and Comparative Religions for several universities. I am very comfortable with pluralism, post-modern thought, and influence. In fact, I look to our religious siblings as people we can learn from, which will only strengthen our own faith experience.
#9 I am an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While I am a personally committed cultural Adventist, The Concierge Minister is not associated or affiliated with the Adventist denomination.