Presenter: Opening Conference Preacher
Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, D.Min.
Senior Pastor, St. Stephen Church
President, Simmons College of Kentucky (The Nation’s 107th HBCU)
For more than 30 years, Dr. Cosby has served as pastor of Louisville’s 15,000-member St. Stephen Church, the largest African American church and the largest private employer of African Americans in Kentucky.
In 2005, Dr. Cosby was inaugurated as Simmons’ 13th president. In 2007, he led the once fledgling college to reclaim its original campus, lost during the Great Depression, and has since expanded to three campus locations. The college has expanded its curriculum and was accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In 2014, Simmons was recognized as the 107th HBCU. During his first decade there, Dr. Cosby refused to take a salary and returned more than $700,000 to the college.
An author of five books, he holds a Bachelor’s degree (Eastern Kentucky University); a Master of Divinity degree (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary); and a Doctor of Ministry degree (United Theological Seminary).
He is consistently acknowledged as one of Kentucky’s most influential leaders: Louisvillian of the Year (2007); top religious leader (Louisville Magazine, 2011); Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University (2012); Kentucky Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians (2015); Dr. Cosby was one of the eulogists at Muhammad Ali’s Funeral (2016); Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College (2017).
Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner. They have two adult children.