Kevin Conner Passes Away Peacefully

My dad, Kevin John Conner, passed away peacefully today at 2.00 pm in Melbourne, Australia. Having just turned 92 years of age, dad has spent the last year or so in an aged care home where he has had excellent care and regular visits from family and friends.

Dad was a wonderful dad to my sister, Sharon, and I, and to so many others too. He has influenced untold thousands of lives through his life, his books, and his teaching. No doubt, he is hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord” as he graduates to heaven today.

A public thanksgiving service for Kevin’s life will be held at CityLife Church (1248 High Street Road. Wantirna South. Victoria. Australia 3152) on Wednesday, 27th February at 5.00 pm Melbourne daylight saving time. All are welcome.

UPDATE: This thanksgiving service will also be live-streamed over the internet. Please note: this internet link will not be live until 4.45 pm local Melbourne time (which is 9.45 pm Pacific Coast time in the USA on Tuesday 26th February). A video of the service will be available shortly afterwards for those unable to watch online.

If you would like to leave a brief tribute of how my dad has influenced your life then please do so on the post “Tributes for Kevin Conner“. Click the title, then enter your thoughts in the ‘Comment’ section. This will help ensure our dad’s legacy continues.

Mark Conner

Tributes for Kevin Conner

If you would like to leave a brief tribute of how Kevin Conner has influenced your life then please do so by clicking on the title of this post, then entering your thoughts in the ‘Comment’ section. This will help ensure Kevin’s legacy continues.

NOTE: Please allow up to 12 hours for your tribute to appear on the website.

NEW Releases in February 2019 for Kevin Conner

A number of Kevin’s books have been released in NEW formats over the last few months. Here is a summary:

“Are Women Elder’s Biblical” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook for Kindle.

Kevin’s best-selling book “Methods and Principles of Bible Research” has been released in international paperback and eBook formats. In Australia, purchase via WORD’s web site.

The book “Seventy Weeks Prophecy” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

Kevin’s timely book on “Law and Grace” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“The Day After the Sabbath” is also available in international paperback, as well as eBook format.

“Foundation Principles of the Doctrine of Christ” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format.

Kevin’s autobiography “This is My Story” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“Sword and Consequences” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“Foundational Principles of Church Membership” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

For a complete list of all of Kevin’s books, visit his Amazon author page or the WORD web site in Australia.

Kevin Conner’s Autobiography – “This is My Story”

Kevin Conner is known by many people around the world as a theologian, Bible teacher, and best-selling author of over 60 biblical textbooks. Although thousands of people have been impacted by his ministry and his writings, only a few people know his personal story. Kevin took the time to detail his own life journey, including lessons gleaned along the way, in his auto-biography “This is My Story” back in 2007. It is now available in three formats:

Kevin was an orphan who never met his dad or mum. He grew up in boy’s homes before coming to faith in Jesus Christ in the Salvation Army in his teenage years. From there, his life took many turns as he continued to pursue his faith in God and his understanding of the Scriptures and church life. Follow his journey and gain wisdom for your own life and ministry as you read his intriguing life-story.  

Methods and Principles of Bible Study

Kevin Conner has written over 60 books expounding various books and themes from the Bible. As popular as his books have been with students and leaders around the world, probably his greatest contribution has been his ability to train people to study, interpret and apply the Bible for themselves. He has done this in Bible College classrooms, training seminars, midweek ‘Timothy’ mentoring nights, and his week-long Key of Knowledge seminar which he held annually in Melbourne, Australia for many years. Plans are underway to make this teaching available for video download.

A number of textbooks written by Kevin are designed to assist people interested in studying and interpreting the Bible for themselves.

Methods and Principles of Bible Research. This is the core textbook for Kevin’s training. It covers some of the major tools for research plus some of the major methods of research. They include Word, Character, Place, Textual, Topical, Passage and Book Studies. Through this material, the student can find the joy of discovery for themselves, using and developing these methods according to their distinctive calling in God and in the Body of Christ. The book is designed in such a way that a diligent student can set their own pace as they work through the text assignments. This book has just been released on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats (NEW!). It is also available in Australia from WORD books.

Interpreting the Scriptures. Co-authored with Ken Malmin from Portland Bible College, this is a comprehensive textbook of how to discover the meaning of Scripture. It is available in paperback format in the USA and Australia. UPDATE (8th April 2019): This book is also now available in eBook format for Kindle from Amazon.

Interpreting the Scripture – Self Study Guide. This self study guide is a companion volume designed to be used in connection with the textbook Interpreting the Scriptures. It is now available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats (NEW!), as well as in Australia from WORD books.

By using the above textbooks, an individual or group can experience the joy of hearing God for themselves through the inspired sacred text.

Rene Conner Passes Away

Early on Thursday morning, 4th October, Kevin Conner’s wife, Rene, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was 89 years of age. It was really hard to see her go but we are glad that she is now free from pain and discomfort. Kevin is now 91 years of age and found it very hard, as you can imagine. We appreciate your prayers for him at this time of loss and grief.

There was a public thanksgiving service for Rene at CityLife Church at 12.30 pm on Friday, 12th October. You can watch the video recording of the service online at this link.

Here is a brief eulogy of her life:

Victorene Marie Arrowsmith was born on the 8th March 1929 in the rural township of Boort in Victoria, located to the north-west of Bendigo.

Rene’s parents, Cyril Arrowsmith and Louise Forster, met and married in Boort. Cyril, an immigrant from the UK seeking a new life in Australia, was staying at a boarding house for itinerate workers while her mum, Louise, was engaged with domestic duties. The family remained in Boort for 10 years and Rene started her school years there.

The family relocated to Red Cliff’s near Mildura then on to Melbourne in 1939 due to lack of the work and employment in Boort. Rene recalled being at the train station the day World War II was declared. It was a traumatic time in her life. The family resettled in the Brunswick area and her dad became a sign writer for the Royal Melbourne Hospital and her mum worked for Miller’s Rope twining factory.

In 1949 at the age of 20, Rene married in East Brunswick. A short while later she and her husband moved to Bendigo. Unfortunately, the marriage was not successful due to physical and verbal abuse. Rene fell pregnant and took take the train to Melbourne, never to return.

Gregory Charles Arrowsmith was born in 1950 in the old Royal Women’s Hospital. At this time the family was living in Brunswick in a Victorian terrace that Louise’s step-mother owned.

In the early 1950s, Rene and the Arrowsmith family attended a church fellowship in Rathdowne Street, Carlton. It was here in 1952 that she was baptized in water by Kevin Conner and Rob Wheeler.

The 1960s found Rene very active in church, in Bible studies, and open-air meetings on Russell Street in the city. In time, she felt called to go to Bible school to train for the ministry.

Rene went to Sydney where Rene worked with a growing church there. After that Rene was part of a church that started in Dandenong in a shop. Rene and her son Greg, along with Rene’s parents, Cyril and Louise, and her niece Lorraine, lived above the shop together with a close friend, Elaine Simmonds. Richard Holland, with Cyril and Rene, led the church services.

In this season, Rene found employment at places such as General Motors Holden, a chicken factory, and International Harvester.

Later on, a church was started in Frankston with Bob and Bernice Holland who lived in the area. Sunday school was set up and Rene took a leading role in establishing and running the church.

Rene was a pioneer and a woman of courage. In the early 1980s, she felt directed to start a small church in Rockhampton, Queensland. She did this with the support of Richard Holland and Waverley Christian Fellowship. Rockhampton Christian Fellowship became a haven for many people, including a large number of young people and young adults. Rene faced many difficulties and challenges during this time and she did so with strength, courage, and integrity. It was also a season of much joy and reward. Lives were transformed. Young people whose lives had been negatively affected by alcohol, drug abuse, and other issues, found the saving grace of Christ. Rene, with a team that included her mum, Louise, and Ross and Lorraine and their family, cared for each of them. Many of these people have lived very different lives as a result and I am sure, are eternally grateful for the work that Rene had started.

In 1987, Rene returned to Melbourne and assisted Richard and Garry Holland and Kevin and Joyce Conner in the ministry at Waverley Christian Fellowship. She was active in leading a healing meeting, women’s meetings, as well as preaching and teaching and pastoral visitation. She also went on a number of missionary trips to Fiji and saw God work in amazing ways among the people there.

In 1990, the senior minister of Waverley Christian Fellowship was Kevin Conner. Kevin’s wife, Joyce, passed away suddenly that same year leaving a huge gap in his life and that of the church. Kevin and Joyce had a forty-year friendship with Rene so it was not that surprising that after Joyce’s death Kevin approached Rene about the possibility of marriage. This is quite a story in itself, told in full detail in Kevin’s auto-biography This is My Story: With Lessons Along the Way.

Rene eventually (!) said YES and in 10th April 1992, Kevin and Rene were married by Richard Holland. This was a cause of much celebration by family and the church.

For 39 years, Rene had been on her own and had many lonely times in her life. Her marriage to Kevin brought much joy into both of their lives.

Over the last couple of decades, Kevin and Rene have ministered locally and globally, traveling the world together, speaking at churches, conferences, and seminars. They were happily married for 26 years.

Rene was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, minister and friend. Right into her later years, she was always ready to give a word of encouragement or a prayer for people, bringing passion to whatever she did. We thank God for her today. She will be greatly missed.

NEW Releases for September from Kevin Conner

In the last few weeks, more new releases of Kevin Conner’s books are now available via Amazon (the links below are for the USA site but there are many other regions where Amazon sells these books so check your local area).

May these books be a blessing to all who read.

NEW Releases for August from Kevin Conner

In the last few weeks, a number of new releases of Kevin Conner’s books are now available via Amazon.

  • “Keep Yourself Pure” (NEW). Back in the first century, the apostle Paul wrote to his young protege Timothy and said, “Keep yourself pure!” This purity was spiritual, moral and physical. Timothy becomes an example for all believers, young and old, and especially Christian leaders. In this timely booklet, Kevin Conner explains what purity means and gives practical steps for living a life pleasing to the Lord and as a positive witness to a watching world. Available in eBook or international paperback.
  • “Two Kings and a Prince: A Character Study of the Lives of Saul, David and Jonathan” (NEW). These messages were presented by Kevin Conner at the Ministers’ Fellowship International (MFI) regional conferences in Australia in 2010. From “Two Kings and a Prince”, as leaders, we may learn what NOT to do and WHAT to do, in order to serve our generation by the will of God. Available in eBook or international paperback.
  • “What about Israel?” In this important booklet, Kevin Conner looks at the hot topic of ‘Israel’ and how this nation fits into God’s purposes as outlined in the Bible. Weaving together insights from both the Old and New Covenants, a much needed clear picture is presented, which is especially relevant in the midst of the current confusion about Israel, especially amongst Christians. Now available in international paperback as well as eBook.
  • “Maintaining the Presence”. One of the great themes of the Bible is “The Presence”. Without maintaining an awareness of the Presence of God, the life of the Christian and of the Church can become an empty and lifeless form. In this important booklet, Kevin Conner unpacks the Scriptures on this topic and highlights a number of practical ways that God’s Presence can be more real in our lives. Now available in international paperback as well as eBook.
  • “First Principles of the Doctrine of Christ.” All followers of Jesus Christ need to have a strong foundation of faith strongly, firmly and soundly laid. Hebrews 6:1-2 clearly outlines these first principles of the doctrine of Christ. Understanding these matters is vital for all Christians and especially for new believers in Christ. Only then can we receive the permit from Christ to go on to maturity and further teaching from him who is the Builder of his House. In this book, Kevin Conner provides an in-depth teaching of the basic doctrines of Christ in a systematic and practical way. Now available in eBook form.
  • “Restoration Theology”. The Early Church was birthed in a blaze of glory and truth. History shows the tragic decline from that glory into what has been called ‘The Dark Ages of Church History’. However, since the period of the Reformation, God has been moving by his Spirit to restore the Church to its early glory and greater and to recover the truths that have been lost. This book presents a powerful explanation of Restoration Theology. Now available in eBook form.
  • “Three Days and Nights” (with Passion Week Chart). What did Christ mean when He said He would be ‘three days and three nights in the heart of the earth’ and so fulfill the type of Jonah. How then can this statement be reconciled with the traditional ‘Good Friday’ which crept into the Church centuries ago? This booklet sets out clearly the answers to these questions. Includes a detailed chart. Now available in international paperback and eBook formats.

More to come. Enjoy these in the meantime.

Habitation Trilogy

Kevin Conner is known for his in-depth teaching on the Bible, including a focus on the Old Testament and parts of the sacred text that not many people talk about. This includes his Habitation Trilogy – The Tabernacle of Moses, The Tabernacle of David and the Temple of Solomon.

Now for the first time, these best-selling books are available in eBook format via Kindle at Amazon. Paperback versions can still be purchased from City Christian Publishing in the USA and from WORD books in Australia.

Here is some more detail:

The Tabernacle of Moses  

The Tabernacle of Moses is the first in a trilogy of books dealing with the intriguing topic of the dwelling place of God on earth. In writing this comprehensive volume, the author has combined a lifetime of research and thought with his God-given ability to make the Bible come alive. This book is a thorough and detailed study into the spiritual significance of every facet of Old Testament tabernacle worship, and it sets forth the riches of redemption’s story as typified in its furniture and construction. Its pages of instruction are filled with charts and lucid illustrations which enhance the serious student’s overview of the material dealt with. This book is ideal for use in adult bible classes and college classrooms.

The Tabernacle of David

The Tabernacle of David is the second work in Conner’s trilogy concerning the three major dwelling places of God in the Old Testament. This text answers many vital questions concerning the tabernacle in the Old Testament and its significance to New Testament revelation. The Tabernacle of David is a devotional, typical, theological and practical book and clearly shows the vast differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant methods of worship. It presents an exciting and stimulating challenge to the believer who is hungry to learn more about the move of the Holy Spirit today.

The Temple of Solomon

The Temple of Solomon completes the trilogy dealing with the dwelling places of God in the Old Testament. Though this dwelling place was of a temporary nature, a timeless pattern was initiated. This study yields rich and precious truths concerning Christ and His church. These truths are tied into the New Testament as the church is presented as the “Temple of God.”

Thinking about the “End Times”

In every generation, there is talk about the “end times”, but especially when global issues intensify. The Bible has much to say about the “last days”, the “signs of the times”, and how we should live during times of pressure. Kevin Conner has written a number of books related to these topics. Today we will highlight two of them:

The Book of Revelation – An Exposition.

This book is Kevin Conner’s ‘masterpiece’ and is the culmination a life time of study in the Scriptures. An epic, verse by verse study, this 667 page exposition will keep the reader intrigued and engaged for months and years to come. Available in hardback format from WORD and now in a new 3 volume eBook format from Amazon (NEW).

Interpreting the Book of Revelation: Principles for Understanding End Times Events

This important book describes the fundamental principles for unlocking the mysteries of the Book of Revelation. Not an exposition in itself, the text purposely avoids eschatological controversy by focussing on teaching the reader how to apply proper hermeneutical principles. Because hermeneutics is both a science of knowing the rules and an art of application, the reader is given relevant principles of interpretation, then challenged to accurately apply them. Self study assignments are provided to assist in this learning process.

Available for purchase in paperback format from WORD in Australia, City Christian Publishing in the USA and now in eBook format via Amazon (NEW).

The Christian Millennium: Studies in Eschatalogical Millennial Views

For the serious student of end-time events, and the varying views of millennialism, Kevin Conner has provided an alternative view on a number of points of controversy. Most students of biblical prophecy will have heard of post-millennial, a-millennial, historic pre-millennial schools of thought, along with futurist and dispensationalist pre-millennarians. But in ‘Christian Millennialism’ Kevin presents an alternative view for the reader’s consideration.

Available for purchase in paperback format from WORD in Australia and now in eBook format via Amazon (NEW).

The Seventy Weeks Prophecy – An Exposition of Daniel 9.

This unique book is an exposition of Daniel 9, which is one of the most marvellous and amazing prophecies of all Bible prophecies. This prophecy is like a seed prophecy, and each of its clauses, when watered by the Spirit and Word of God is like a tree in itself, rich in blossoms of truth

Available for purchase in paperback format from WORD in Australia and now in eBook format via Amazon (NEW).