Rev. K. Edward Copeland is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who has been blessed with many talents and skills. He is a musician, composer, preacher, lecturer, author and attorney. He is most widely known for his unique gift to teach the Bible with supernatural clarity and simplicity. He has a passion for helping ministers and ministries develop to their maximum potential. He is the author of “Riding in the Second Chariot”, a guide for ministers and church leaders.
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 and Wisconsin First Jurisdiction), as well as district associations, conventions, and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines.
He is a council member for the Gospel Coalition and was a plenary speaker and lecturer and the first annual conference. 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 guest clinician for the University of Illinois’ Biennial Black Sacred Music Symposium since its inception in 1991 to the present. He serves as composer in residence to the University of Illinois Black Chorus.
In terms of community involvement Rev. Copeland is founder of Ujima Family Services Association and Rockford Freedom School. He is on the steering committee of Rockford Community Schools Initiative and a member of the Pastor’s Network, the Mayor’s Minority Advisory Council and the Alternative Drug Program Steering Committee.
He currently serves as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois where he lives with his wife Starla and their three children.