Thomas Wayne Mc Kean II (May 31, 1954 – present) was named after his ancestor Thomas Mc Kean, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.(His mother nicknamed him “Kip.”) In 2003, Kip became the Evangelist for the Portland International Church of Christ.
Here he came to a deep personal faith in Christ and in the divine inspiration of the Bible.At the end of his freshman year at the University of Florida, he was invited to a college devotional sponsored by the 14th Street Church of Christ.This unbelief ultimately resulted in their death in the desert.The second time the Spirit led the Israelites to the border of the Promised Land, the Hebrew people – having learned to rely on God in their wanderings in the desert – now succeeded to make God’s dream and promise a reality.Between the ages of seven and 16, every summer Kip alongside his beloved younger brother Randy and dear younger sister Dana spent one month with each set of grandparents – “Grampy and Grammy” and “Grandpa and Grandma.” Those days with his grandparents in Michigan and Indiana respectively heightened his sense of adventure and deepened his love and appreciation of family.
During his high school years – in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Winter Park, Florida; and Libertyville, Illinois – Kip was active in athletics, was selected to be a member of the National Honor Society, and obtained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts. However, in time, Kip’s greatest hero became Jesus.As with all the “Signers of the Declaration of Independence,” death threats were common. Navy, became a strong influence and an early role model for leadership and excellence.Interestingly, Thomas Mc Kean not only was a “Signer” for Delaware, but also was “the President” of the Congress of Confederation – the highest office in the new United States of America – when news arrived from General Washington that the British had surrendered! His mother, a very talented artist, nurtured in him a warmth as well as a character of resilience.“Then Jesus turned to His disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.'” The primary purposes of this exciting narration are to honor God with the truth and to encourage those who have never had the dream – or perhaps have lost it – to share in Jesus’ dream of the “evangelization of all nations in this generation.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4) Since we live in an age in which the proliferation of information is often distorted, I have sought to carefully investigate and document with first-hand accounts – including my own – the incredible story of the spread of true Christianity from the 1970’s to this very day.In October 2006, after a valiant three-year effort to bring reform to the crumbling International Churches of Christ (ICOC), the Holy Spirit used Kip, soon joined by other valiant disciples on every continent, to initiate the new Portland / Sold Out Discipling Movement!