Another well-qualified contributor has joined SOUL. Rev. K. Edward Copeland Ed; a musician, composer, preacher, lecturer, author and attorney, has recently agreed to serve as a Spiritual Contributor for SOUL. You can catch his column on the fourth Wednesday of each month, under the FOR. YOUR. SOUL. section ofwww.soulnewsnetwork.com
For the past 11 years, Copeland has served as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He is the author of “Riding in the Second Chariot,” a guide for associate ministers and church leaders, and a contributing author to “Entrusted with the Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2 Timothy.”
“Having Rev. Copeland contribute to SOUL is both an honor and a privledge,” said Kimberly Buchanan, President and CEO of SOUL. “With his experience in ministry, combined with his knowledge and involvement in a number of local and national initiatives, I am sure his column will be rewarding and valuable to our readers.”
Copeland is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in english/rhetoric. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Copeland has been a lecturer for the National Baptist Convention of America, USA Inc., the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., as well as district associations, conventions, convocations and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines.
Locally, he serves as a commissioner for the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, as a founding member or Rockford’s Alternative Drug Strategy, and as Governing Board Chairman of Alignment Rockford.
Nationally, he serves as a council member for the Gospel Coalition and the National Network for Safe Neighborhoods.
Rev. Copeland resides in Rockford, Illinois, where his beautiful wife, Starla teaches kindergarten. Together, they have three children: Jibri (“God’s hero”), Abeni (“We prayed for her arrival”) and Titus Omari (“Pleasant/New Beginning”).