Rev. K. Edward Copeland
Rev. K. Edward Copeland graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1984 with a Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in English/Rhetoric. Since then he has earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been a lecturer for the National Baptist Convention of America, USA Inc., National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Church of God in Christ, Inc. (Illinois Fifth Jurisdiction West), as well as district associations, conventions, and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines. He is a board member of the National Evangelism Team and is a gifted trainer in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, youth ministry, sacred music, and men’s ministry. He has been a part of the University of Illinois’ Black Sacred Music Symposium since its inception. His 2003 musical composition “I’m Still Standing” was first performed at the symposium and subsequently recorded by gospel music artist Lemmie Battles.
He currently serves as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois where he lives with his beautiful wife Starla and their three children Jibri (“God’s hero”), Abeni (“We prayed for her arrival”), and Titus Omari (“Pleasant/New Beginning”).