Dr. Kevin King

Dr. Kevin KingProfessor, School of Divinity

Discipline: Homiletics & Historical Theology

Dr. King grew up in the metro area of Atlanta, Georgia. He became an Atlanta Police Officer as he was finishing his undergraduate degree at Georgia State University. Dr. King served in various capacities with the APD (patrol officer in Zone 3, Red Dog Squad, and Special Operations Section). After leaving the APD, Dr. King joined the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to the Narcotics Task Force. While serving in this capacity, Dr. King participated in undercover narcotic buys, search warrant executions, long-term drug investigations and received his SWAT certification.

In 1991, Dr. King left law enforcement to answer his call to the ministry. He left Georgia to pursue education and ministry opportunities in Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, and South Africa. During this time Dr. King earned degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min. in Expository Preaching), and from the University of Pretoria (Ph.D. in Church History).

Dr. King has pastored churches in North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and now Virginia. In addition to teaching at the Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity, he is the pastor of Palestine Baptist Church located near Smith Mountain Lake, Va.  Dr. King serves as the M.Div. Director and Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology. Dr. King received the Rawlings School of Divinity Teacher of the Year Award (2015-2016) and the Dr. Daniel R.  Mitchell Teacher of the Year by the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary student body (2013).

He is the husband of Joy Akin King (his high school sweetheart), father to Daylee, Kevin Jr., and Julianna, and grandfather to Sebastian Isaac Tapia.


  • Ph.D., University of Pretoria
  • D.Min., Southern B.T. Seminary
  • M.Div., Southeastern B.T. Seminary
  • B.S., Georgia State University