Robby Novak, better known to the online world as Kid President, caused a YouTube sensation by presenting simple, uplifting messages about how to help others. One Kid President fan is Michael L. Burk, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, who during a conversation with his wife a couple of years ago wondered why the same idea couldn’t be used for spreading the good news.
With help from Eric Carlson, an assistant to the synod bishop, and young Braeden Wood, Kid Bishop was born.
Wearing a clerical collar and black shirt, Braeden arrived at the 2013 synod assembly and then to YouTube to deliver basic messages that anyone can understand. His message begins: “Here’s the deal. You know it and I know it. Jesus loves you. At least I hope you know it. It’s called the good news” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T1lQwoYRvA).
Thousands of hits later, Kid Bishop showed up again at the 2014 synod assembly with more words of wisdom (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQYAkVe0Mtw). This time he brought a special guest — ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton.
For 10-year-old Braeden, the gig as Kid Bishop has been fun, and it may have sparked his interest in becoming an actor. “It’s a fun way to share a message,” he said.
His mom, Renee Wood, said Carlson cast her son after spotting his funny expressions when he appeared in another video.
“To see it all come together was such a surprise for all of us,” said Wood, whose family has been members of Faith Lutheran Church, Clive, Iowa, for about seven years. “I was stunned to see how he was. He has great personality and a great sense of humor.”
She said the Kid Bishop experience will certainly be a point of reference that will be fun to remember as Braeden grows in his faith journey.
Kid Bishop even has a Twitter account, though it’s the thoughts of the synod rather than Braeden. A recent tweet from @KidBishop1 exclaims: “Worship ... doughnuts ... seeing my friends on a Sunday morning. These are a few of my favorite things.”
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