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Biography of Dr. Kelvin McCune

"My God-given purpose in life is to lead people to Christ and to equip others to do the same." –Dr. McCuneBorn in Trinidad West Indies, Dr. McCune is of a third generation Christian family formerly of Hindu background. Dr. McCune received Christ as His Lord and Savior in 1969. Ever since, God has graced him with the gifts of pastoring and teaching. These gifts were enhanced and came to maturity through the Holy Spirit's leading both in ministry and theological training.


From 1969-1982, Dr. McCune served in several outreach ministries including Children, Evangelistic, Teaching, and Counseling ministries in the Caribbean.

In the fall of 1982, Dr. McCune entered Florida Bible College in Kissimmee Florida. There he matriculated his way, by God's grace, to earn a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Biblical Counseling in 1986.

In December 1982, Dr. McCune married Jaiwantee Maharaj. Jaiwantee, also a native of Trinidad, was born into a Hindu home and received Christ as her Lord and Savior after being taught the gospel by American missionaries serving in her home country.

After graduating from college, Dr. McCune entered Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham Maryland in the fall of 1986, studying Biblical Greek and theology. He graduated with a Masters degree in Theology in 1990.

After graduating from Seminary, Dr. McCune started to pastor the Suitland Road Baptist Church in Suitland, Maryland, where he served as the intern pastor while in Seminary. Currently God is still using him to pastor this church.

In the fall of 1990 Dr. McCune started his post graduate studies in pursuit of the Ph.D. at Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. Later, he transferred to Carolina University of Theology, in Belmont, North Carolina and graduated with a Ph.D in Theology in 1994.

Dr. McCune founded the Harvest Ministry in 1994, headquartered in Forestville Maryland.

In 1996 Dr. McCune founded the Church Equipping Ministries International (CEMI) Inc., presently headquartered in Temple Hills, Maryland. CEMI's main focus is global evangelism. This ministry concentrates on equipping saints worldwide through establishing Bible schools, conducting theological conferences and providing practical needs to pastors, evangelist, and other ministry leaders.

Dr. McCune has made five trips to Guyana, South America and more than six trips to Uganda, East Africa. On these trips he conducted conferences, training pastors and other ministry leaders. Furthermore he founded Bible schools and led medical, children and women ministries in these countries. Mission teams numbering between 10- 20 usually accompany Dr. McCune in evangelizing the unsaved and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

In 2002 Dr. McCune founded the CEMI School of Theology Bible College and Seminary. This institution has received certification from the Maryland Department of Education. Offering degree programs from a Bachelor in Theology to a Doctorate in Ministry, CEMI School of Theology has branches in India, Congo, Uganda, Liberia, and Nigeria.

Dr. McCune has written two books, "Effective Hindu Evangelism" and "Theology to Practical Christian Living." He has written more the 25 conference volumes which include: "The Call of the Church," "God's Purpose for Marriage," "Understanding Spiritual Warfare," and others.

He and his wife Jaiwantee have three children. Dr. McCune is the Executive Director of Church Equipping Ministries International.