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Reverend B. Kennedy is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and has served the local church for over 15 years. Although Rev. Kennedy is AME her giftings and talents has caused her to be widely welcomed by many denominations and church communities. For more than 10 years Rev. Kennedy served St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ. She served 7 of those years under the seasoned and profound leadership of Dr. William D. Watley as the Director of the Ministries of Hope and Healing which oversaw several pastoral care ministries-GriefShare™, Divorce Care, Tamar and the Encouragement Ministries.

Rev. Kennedy is an extremely talented, creative and dedicated individual whose gifts are boundless and are powerfully exhibited through her work as a poet, songwriter, graphic designer, and expert in most software technology. As an employee of St. James, Rev. Kennedy developed the DOT.COM ministry, and implemented the live streaming module, which was viewed, at it’s peek by nearly 800 people on more than 6 continents weekly. She, also, is credited with developing a fully functional website where visitors could go to download sermons, purchase CDs, DVDs and books. The website was also one of the first church websites to take utilize the following components: online giving, event registration and funeral notices. Rev. Kennedy is credited with single handily catapulting St. James AME into the 21st century by establishing a strong online presence and developing partnerships with companies such as Elexio and the Church Online. Her work with Elexio was so much appreciated that in 2012 a member of company jokingly made her an honorary employee for a day.

In addition to serving as the DOT.COM director, Rev. Kennedy also served as the assistant to the CFO while at St. James. During her time as the assistant, she assisted in streamlining the accounting process as well as developed and implemented a plan that saved the church nearly $50,000 in spending yearly.

Rev. Kennedy was also instrumental in assisting with the planting of St. James 2nd location which originally gathered inside a theater. She created and oversaw the Tech Team which was responsible for the all visual aspects of worship which primarily consisted of bringing worship alive via the “big screen.”

Although Rev. Kennedy is talented in several areas, she is an exceptional teacher, passionate preacher and noted scholar who’s prepared in heart, mind and soul. The courses she taught at the St. James Christian Learning Center were always filled to capacity as were the ones she taught at the Summer Bible Institute. As the Education and Youth Leadership Coordinator at the Urban League of Morris County she honed her skills as she directed major youth centered programs whose primary focus was on education and leadership one that helped students develop basic life skills and critical thinking. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University with a concentration in Mental Health as well as a Masters of Divinity degree from Drew University where she graduated with honors and was the recipient of the Patricia Wickham Award for Feminist Scholarship and the David Greybeal Award for a Ministry that Makes a Difference. She also received her Masters of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she was the recipient of a full doctoral scholarship and where she is currently working on her Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and Social Theory. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the works of Toni Morrison and intra-group racism within African-American communities.

Rev. Kennedy has contributed to many publications including: The African American Pulpit, The AME Review, The Sky is Crying: Race Class and Natural Disaster and has been quoted in a number of scholarly publications. She is an Itinerant Elder from the 13th Episcopal District of the AME church.

In September of 2012 Rev. Kennedy decided to listen to the voice of God and birthed the Breakthrough Community, a small group bible life class that focuses on life transformation and deals with real issues and ponder real questions. The group gather to support each other as they draw closer to God while giving back to the community. Their motto is: Reaching people where they are and helping them get to where God wants them to be! And their mission is: Changing lives one scripture at a time! After receiving the blessing of many preachers and mentors the ministry held it’s first bible life class on November 14, 2013 at the Essex Sports Cafe and on December 28, 2013 the ministry engaged in their first service project, Blessing Bags for the Homeless. The ministry distributed over 125 bags to the homeless community in the Newark, NJ area thanks to the generous donations of supporters.

On September 22, 2014 Rev. Kennedy was appointed the pastor of Burks Chapel AME Church & Hills Chapel AME Church in Paducah, KY by The Right Reverend Jeffery N. Leath.

When Rev. Kennedy is not actively doing traditional ministry she can be found serving God by seeking justice as an advocate for children’s and women’s rights as social justice activist. Her key verse for ministry is:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…God has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to announce to prisoners their release…and to set at liberty those who are broken by life.” (Isaiah 61: 1-2)