Lord Please Touch Where I'm Empty Inside
To God be the Glory! Biographical Sketch of Kevin L. Desire (Summation) Personal: age 42, the son of the late Richard & Vera Desire; adopted son of Paula Wallace, Zola Moses, Christine Bryant, and the late Ruth Cannon (spiritual mother). A grandson of the late Cleo and Ruby Williams, Sr., and adopted grand-son of Lily Fulton. Proud god-father of seven. Spiritual: saved and Holy Ghost filled on October 31, 1986, called to preach the Gospel on August 25, 1989. He is an ordained Itinerant Elder (deaconate ordination by retired Bishop Phillip R. Cousin, Sr. & elder's ordination by retired Bishop Frank C. Cummings). Education: Miami Carol City Senior High School Honor Graduate (1984), attended the University of Miami School of Music- Instrumental Performance and Keyboard Performance (1984-88), the Interdenominational Theological Center Extension Course (1991-92, Miami, FL) and the South Florida Conference (A.M.E. Church) Board of Examiners Ministerial Class (1989-93). He studied piano with Ms. Sybil Farquson (classical), Ms. Kaye Reed (church music) & Mr. Frank Reed (jazz) prior to attending college. Kevin Desire has been an associate minister at Mt. Hermon for almost 20 years, and has preached across South Florida, Deland, FL, Lady Lake, FL, St. Petersburg, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Detroit, MI, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Evanston, IL, Moultrie, GA, Madison, GA, and Nassau, Bahamas. Kevin's musical experiences include reading music, playing by ear, keyboardist, organist, vocalist, conductor, clinician, and music ministry consultant. He formerly played bass clarinet & alto sax in grade school and college. He recently composed his 85th song, including a children's song, love song (for a movie), airline jingle, sacred music, Negro spirituals, organ work, anthems, praise & worship, contemporary Christian, & gospel music, both traditional & contemporary, & one urban. He recently completed 33½ years on staff, nearly 13½ as the minister of music at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church in Miami Gardens, FL (formerly known as Mt. Hermon Opa Locka). He served as both lead musician & assistant musician for the Youth Choir, having formerly worked with the children's choir and Young Adult Choir, and was the lead musician for the Sanctuary Choir & C.E. Jenkins' Inspirational Singers. As minister of music, he involved young people on the music council and the Praise Team and organized the Youth Praise Team. Being ministry minded, Kevin "pastored" the music ministry by visiting members/staff in the hospital during sickness/injury, births, attended home going services of family members/relatives (including a few out of town), attended court hearings, shared in happy occasions, recognized birthdays and anniversaries, and counseled. He oversaw a staff of up to nine musicians/sound ministry and choirs numbering 250-300 members. An additional administrative accomplishment was the creation of a music ministry database where the ministry received songs, song lists, schedules, lyrics, & other pertinent information via email. A special highlight was the minister of music recognition nigh, where he honored people in the church for the support of the music ministry, (including choirs & staff), & honored persons no longer serving due to health issues. He has worked with the West Miami, Ft. Lauderdale District Church School Conventions, South Florida Conference Y.P.D. Choir, 11th Episcopal District (Florida & Bahamas AME churches) Christian Education Congress, and Quadrennial youth/young adult choirs. Kevin was recently appointed Associate Director of Music for the 11th Episcopal Music Ministry. He continues to serve as the genesis minister of music for the Central District and accompanies middle school choruses, high band, choral, orchestral & drama students and choruses during the year for various events, and accompanied the renown Voices of Heritage (Miami-Dade County African American Cultural Arts Center) for it's 2005 holiday Messiah performance. He served as a keyboard consultant at Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High School (fine arts magnet program). Rev. Desire has ministered with the Tampa District (A.M.E. Church) Mass Choir (2009 Pentecost Explosion with Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant) and numerous gospel music artists, more recently including Elder Kirvy Brown (soloist with Hezekiah Walker) and Lemmie Battles. Along with the C.E. Jenkins' Inspirational Singers of Mt. Hermon, Kevin shared in radio station WMBM Free Gospel Sundays at the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami-Dade County Performing Arts Center) at it's Gospel Cantata in December, 2008. His original Christmas song, "Don't Forget Jesus," was ministered. He has traveled across the United States, Nassau (Bahamas), Toronto (Canada), Europe, & Lilongwe, Malawi (southern Africa) with his music. He was voted most musical by his senior class at Miami Carol City in 1984. He is a keyboardist, conductor, composer, arranger, clinician, and vocalist. He is a member of Miami Chapter, Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Miami-Dade Chaplin for the Florida Gospel announcers Guild. He has recorded five songs on four projects, including the Miami Mass Choir's first recording (Great is the Lord) & in March, 2006 launched V.A.D. Music Group, his own record label & has released the single, "There's A Place For You In The A.M.E. Church (Theme song for the 11th District)." Kevin is preparing to record & releasing a solo single & a live recording of Cholinga Praise (a recording group he founded) this year. He also formed a music production company. In November-December, 2006, Rev. Desire traveled to southern Africa as a member of the 11th Episcopal District delegation to Cape Town (South Africa), Maseru (Kingdom of Lesotho), & Lilongwe, Malawi. At the invitation of Bishop Wilfred J. Messiah, Kevin was a guest musician & director at the 20th Episcopal District (A.M.E. Church in African countries of Malawi & Zimbabwe) Mid-Quadrennial Convocation & Come Home for Christmas Crusade. Outside of music, he is a staff write for the A.M.E. Church Secret Chamber (devotional for the denomination-4 year) and motivational speaker. He has taught Church School (Sunday School) for 17 years years, was the first director (two years) & first overseer (10 years) of the New Members Ministry. Rev. Desire is also a member of the men's ministry Sons of Allen (6 years). In the community, he is a member of UP-PAC (a North Dade community civic group for 6 years) and The Alternative Program's Black on Black Crime Initiative Coalition (4 years) where he is on call to assist local law enforcement in community problems. He recently served as co-master of ceremonies for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Miami Alumnae Chapter) 2009 Cooking Gents (charity event). Kevin has worked in the financial services industry for 22 years & has operated a travel agency for 2 1/2 years. For recreation, he enjoys reading, traveling, horse-back riding, bowling, playing spades, playing Wii, shooting pool, nature, sports, movies, & politics.