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Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board

Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana.  He received his Doctorate of Ministry (May, 2000) from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  He and his wife Lady Marilyn have five children: Kenneth Jeremy, Kevin, Kimberly, Weldon, and Keysha. They have two grandsons: Gregory and Caleb.  Rev. Dr. Board loves God and God's people of all races and cultures. He is down-to-earth, kind, and approachable. He retired from AT&T in 1996 as a Global Customer Account Manager after serving in several management positions in the areas of customer service, mini-computers, and marketing over a span of 20 years.

Dr. Board currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He has also an adjunct professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary where he taught Church Administration, Christian Leadership, Church in Community, and Pastoral Care.  He enjoys serving as a motivational speaker and mentor for public school students.  He has served on the boards of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (chair of finance committee), Swedish American Hospital (past 1st vice chair), University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford Advisory Council and as a founding steering committee member of Transform Rockford (finance chair). He is an active member of The Rockford Ministers’ Fellowship where he chairs the Education Committee. He and his wife, Lady Marilyn Board, are the co-founders of Eliminate Racism 815, a 501c3 non-profit foundation along with Dick and Ann Rundall. It has received the 2019 NAACP and Booker Washington awards for civic, social advocacy in the Rockford region.

Under his leadership, Pilgrim Baptist Church's physical plant has been completely renovated and additions made to the campus to meet current and future needs of the congregation. A state of the art Bible based nursery has been implemented to minister to children up to three years of age. Several ministries have been added including a vibrant children's church, a nationally circulated monthly newsletter, an exciting website and a multimedia ministry. Pilgrim's ministry leaders and volunteers have increased as a result of active recruitment and on-going spiritual gifts training. Members have been encouraged to become community activists and change agents in areas of social justice, educational excellence and child advocacy. God has blessed Pilgrim and Pastor Board with incredible favor both locally and nationally.

Before beginning his pastorate at Pilgrim Baptist in October 2005, Dr. Board served as an Assistant Pastor at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia: the home church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While there, he had direct responsibility for membership nurture, pastoral care and development of ministerial staff. He is a natural leader who has a heart for all people: coupled with the gifts of teaching, preaching, and encouragement.

He enjoys debating, reading, traveling, walking and attending sporting and cultural events.  He has traveled extensively during his ministry to China, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, the Hawaiian Islands, the Holy Land, and several Caribbean Islands.

Dr. Board has received numerous awards for preaching excellence, stellar leadership, outstanding sales results and altruistic community service.  Dr. Board stresses that each member and disciple of Christ should be FAT: faithful, available and teachable. He is a deeply committed man of God who lives to serve and empower others under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. His favorite scripture is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, the He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal, everlasting life.

Pastor Board is retiring from the pastorate on July 2, 2020. A farewell banquet is planned for Friday, June 26th and a retirement worship celebration at Pilgrim on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

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