About: Rev. Gene Kulbi
I was born and raised on a farm in the Milo, Iowa area, southeast of Indianola. I attended and graduated from Southeast Warren Community School district, and from there attended Simpson College receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree with a major in education. My main musical area was instrumental music as I was, and still am, a trumpet player. While at Simpson, Jolene and I met and were married in the summer following our graduation. She also is a music major, and her main area is vocal music with an emphasis in elementary music. I was a band director for four years in northern Iowa, but returned to my roots as we began farming with Jolene’s parents near Melbourne, Iowa. I put twenty-five years of crops in and then heeded my calling and began seminary in the fall of 2004, and received my Master’s of Divinity in 2007 from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. I was then commissioned by the Iowa Annual Conference in June of 2007 and ordained an elder and granted full member status of the Conference in June of 2010.
While growing up, I attended Motor Friends Church, a small country church northeast of Milo, and when I was able to drive myself, started attending the Milo United Methodist Church. While at Simpson, my church attendance faded, but my growing and developing faith never ceased. Since being married, we have always been involved with the United Methodist Church, not only attending, but in other ways as well. Usually choir and committee work. After returning to the farm we attended the Melbourne Church as well as First Church in Marshalltown. While being members of First, Hope United Methodist (Marshalltown) contacted Jolene about being their choir director and we transferred our memberships. It was while members at Hope, I began to feel a sense of my calling, and finally responded as being a lay speaker, only to find my calling not to cease, but intensifying as I wrestled with God for another four to five years before going to seminary.
I have never been happier or more joyful in my life since I have entered the ministry, and I Praise God for allowing his ministry to work through me as I serve him by serving others! -Gene Kubli