EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Eastern Kentucky University; Master of Divinity, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary
FAMILY: Married, two adult children, and one granddaughter.
SINCE 1979, THE REVEREND DR. KEVIN W. COSBY has served as Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his practical and dynamic Bible teachings, the congregation has grown from 500 to approximately 14,000 members, and has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the 100 largest churches in America (2010) and Emerge magazine as one of six “super churches” of the South.
From a “little church on the corner”, St. Stephen has morphed into a multi-faceted institution that includes a 1,700-seat worship center, a cutting-edge $4 million inner-city family life center and a 1,000-seat worship facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In October 2013, Dr. Cosby began a satellite church in Hardin County, Ky with 70 members connecting with the church during the very first Sunday service.
The thread of God’s hand is interwoven into the tapestry of Dr. Cosby’s life and ministry. His commitment to ministry is prominently reflected in the story of Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY). In 1997, the Lord led Dr. Cosby to encourage the church to purchase and convert into a lifestyle enrichment campus, the original four-acre campus of of what was know as Simmons University. When established in 1879, Simmons was the first black-owned and operated educational institution in the state of Kentucky, but lost the campus due to foreclosure during the Great Depression.
In 2005, Dr. Cosby was named the 13th President of Simmons. Two years later, because of his obedience to God’s guidance to purchase Simmons’ original campus a decade earlier, Dr. Cosby lead the college back to their original campus. Under his visionary leadership, SCKY was subsequently granted accreditation by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in early 2014.
A staunch proponent of education, Dr. Cosby earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.
He has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary. His exceptional oratory skills have produced lecture engagements at universities and institutions around the world, including Harvard University. Further, he is a member of the University of Louisville’s board of trustees.
Dr. Cosby has authored five highly-acclaimed books: Get off Your But!: Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American Church; As They Went; Treasure Worth Seeking; Who’s Your Daddy?: Life Lessons from the Prodigal Son and Loyal to the Royal. He has been a contributing writer to a number of books, journals and periodicals.
He has been the subject of many national articles and documentaries, which consistently list him among the most influential leaders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His 2007 selection as “Louisvillian of the Year” is a tribute to his outstanding contributions to the community. He was ranked #1 of the Top Ten Religious Leaders in Louisville by Louisville Magazine in the October 2011 issue. In the spring of 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University.
Although Dr. Cosby has achieved many notable accomplishments, he is most known for his intense commitment to serving the Lord through improving the lives of others. Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner; they are the parents of two adult children.