From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Kevin L.

(born: 1967) 

Kevin L. Smith was the pastor of the Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. In 2006, during the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Bill Henard nominated Smith for vice president, and Smith won the election. It was thought to be the second time that an African American was elected as a state convention officer. Smith was an assistant professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2015, Kevin L. Smith was elected President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention; and in 2016, he was elected the executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. Kevin L. Smith is the first African American to serve in both positions. He will leave his positions as teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church and as an assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For more see T. Henderson, "Ky. Baptists pick young leaders for top offices, celebrate giving," Associated Baptist Press Archives (11/20/2006); and "Kentucky Baptists' first African American president moving to Maryland," online at the Kentucky Today website.

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