William Kennedy (1868 – 1929) pioneer WA Baptist
Kennedy Baptist College was named after William Kennedy, a pioneer of the Baptist movement in Western Australia. His passion and determination saw him overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to establish churches along WA’s Great Southern Railway, the Goldfields and the Eastern Hills.
William Kennedy was a pioneer of the Baptist movement in Western Australia. His passion and determination saw him overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to establish churches along WA’s Great Southern Railway, the Goldfields and the Eastern Hills. Kennedy was renowned as a man of integrity and fearless courage by the communities he served.
Most outstanding was his courage and boldness. When others considered a task unreasonable or impossible, Kennedy would just go ahead and start it. He spoke of the ‘push’ policy, “I will find a way or make one”.
When Kennedy set his mind to something, nothing could stop him. His passion and determination was infectious. In rural communities where farmers struggled to survive and many died or walked off the land, he inspired everyone to enthusiastically contribute to church buildings with money, resources or labour.
William Kennedy was seen as a man of integrity and trustworthiness. He won the respect of the communities he worked with. This reputation enabled him to speak out defiantly against wrongdoing, yet be gentle with people. He was unselfish and forbearing in his dealings with people, but bold in his defense of right and unrelenting in his attack on wrong.
Through all the difficulties and hardships Kennedy faced in his life, his faith never wavered, and his vision never grew dim.
The way in which William Kennedy seized obstacles as challenges and overcame them is inspirational. His dogged but cheerful courage is a beacon to all generations.
Kennedy Baptist College
Kennedy Baptist College is an Australian coeducational independent secondary school located in Murdoch, Western Australia. It educates about 1200 pupils, aged 12 to 17 years. It was founded in 2013 following the convergence of two schools: Winthrop Baptist College and Somerville Baptist College, founded in 1994 and 1999 respectively. The school is named after William Kennedy.
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