PRESIDENTIAL AWARD 2019
Church, Brooklyn, NY
The Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall currently serves as Senior Pastor for the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. He has been with the church for the past 23 years. Prior to his pastoral service, Dr. Cohall started his career as a Medical Technologist at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Research Hospital in New York City, for more than 11 years before making the bold and courageous change in his ca- reer path to fulfill a call to pastoral ministry.
Rev. Cohall is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity (MDiv, 1993), Doctor of Ministry (DMin 2000), and Fordham University Graduate School of Education, (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD. 2006). He served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, St John Fisher College. During the 23 years of his visionary leadership, the ministry has rebuilt worship facility, and developed an educational and recreational complex. Dr. Cohall continues to work closely with community leaders, the police department and the health facilities in addressing issues such as teenage pregnancies, youth gang activities and a host of health-related issues facing the community.
Rev. Cohall also serves as the chairman of the University Council for the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Over the years he has also served on several boards of institutions that continue to have a positive impact in the community and the nation. Those boards include Anchor House, a drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation center, and the general board of the American Baptist Churches USA. He is a past president of the Board of International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches. He was recently appointed by the Governor of New York State to serve as the chairman of State University of New York Down State Medical Center.
Rev. Cohall’s area of specialy is in the field of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy. As a pastor he continues to explore emerging methodologies in addressing the many social pathologies in urban America and the role of the church in addressing these issues. Rev. Cohall and his wife Sophia, are the proud parents of two children, Shannon and Kirk.