The Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall currently serves as Senior Pastor for the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York for the past 22 years. Prior to his pastoral service, Dr. Cohall, for over 11 years, worked as a Medical Technologist at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Research Hospital in New York City. He prayerfully made bold and courageous change in his career path to fulfill a call to pastoral ministry.
Rev. Cohall is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary, with a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry and aDoctor of Philosophy from Fordham University Graduate School of Education. He served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at New
York Theological Seminary, where he also taught in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility (Master’s Degree program). Rev. Cohall serves as the chairman for the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and has served on several others including Anchor House and American Baptist Churches USA. He is a past president of the Board of International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches overseeing missionaries serving in all six continents.
Rev. Cohall has exhibited visionary leadership while serving in the community which reflects the rich diversity in Brooklyn, NY. And other parts of the world. During the twenty two years of his leadership, he led the project to rebuild a ($6M) six million dollar worship facility, which includes an educational and recreational complex. This facility offers computer training, summer day camp, a Bible Institute, basketball, and other recreational activities geared to keep at risk youth off the streets. The church has developed several out-reach programs such as health fairs, and marriage and family counseling, geared to the holistic empowerment of the family. 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’s area of specialty 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, First Lady Sophia are the proud parents of two children, Shannon and Kirk.