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K. Edward Copeland

K. Edward Copeland is Senior Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, IL

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K. Edward Copeland is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who has been blessed with several gifts and skills.  He is a musician, composer, preacher, attorney and author.  He is most widely known, however, for his unique gift to teach the Bible with clarity and simplicity.

K. Edward Copeland currently serves as senior pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, IL.  He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkley and a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA.  He is the author of “Riding in the Second Chariot” a guidebook for associate ministers and ministry leaders.  He has been a lecturer for the National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc. Congress of Christian Education, Church of God in Christ (Illinois 5th Jurisdiction West), National Black Gospel College Choir Workshop (Atlanta, GA), T.H. Wade Christian Education Institute (Chicago, IL), W.H.W. Expository Sermon Techniques Conference (Los Angeles, CA), Iron Sharpens Iron Conference (Chicago, IL), Excellence in Ministry Conference (Oklahoma City, OK), Minister and Pastor’s Workshop (Austin, TX), University of Illinois Black Sacred Music Symposium (Champaign, IL), National Evangelism Team (NET), and the Institute Preacher.

He is married to the former Starla Lynn Starks and they have three beautiful children, William Jibri (God’s Hero), Abeni (We pray for her arrival) and Titus Omari (Pleasant/New Beginning).