|Dr. Kevin R. White, Senior Pastor|
Dr. Kevin R. White, the son of Mr. Vernon T. White, Sr. and the late Betty Hall White, was born and reared in Suffolk, Virginia. He received his early academic training in the Suffolk Public School System. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Public Administration from Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia and has done post graduate work at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He received his Doctor of Divinity Degree from Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Pastor White was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Public Administration Scholarship and was a pioneer of the Public Administration Program now established at VSU. In 1976 he was honored by the Freshman Council as "Outstanding Freshman". He was on the Dean's List for five (5) consecutive semesters. In 1978 and 1979, he was placed on the President's List with a perfect grade point average of 4.0. In 1978 he was honored as the "Outstanding Junior in Sociology" and was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta National Dean's List. He was also the recipient of the Harry W. Roberts Award (which is awarded to the student with the highest grade point average within the Sociology Department). He was inducted in to the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, which is the highest single honor that a student can receive from a predominately Black University. Dr. White was able to complete his high scholastic achievements as well as his undergraduate study in three years while pursuing a double major.
Dr. White's Professional Affiliations are as follows: (Past and Present)
American Society of Public Administrators, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, American Society of Notary Public, Virginia Association of Notary Public, Community Living Alternatives for the Mentally Retarded, National Council for Autistic Children, Virginia Council for Autistic Children, Council of Independence for Handicapped Citizens, Advisory Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, Western Tidewater Focus Team, Handicapped Citizens, Advisory Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, Virginia State University Alumni, Virginia Union University Alumni, Sickle Cell Anemia Advisory Council (Suffolk), Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Council, Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Member of Sentara Norfolk General Chaplain Staff, Tidewater Metro Baptist Association, NAACP, Elizabeth Rivers Property Committee, Member of the Board of Directors Nansemond Credit Union (Suffolk). He is an Entrepreneur, having controlling interest in several businesses.
In 1980 he accepted the call to Pastor the New Willow Grove Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia where he served faithfully for 18 years. While there, numerous accomplishments were realized, such as; church membership doubled in size, organization of the Youth Choir, formulation and implementation of a Financial Program (budgeting, checks and balances, etc.), reorganization of Diaconate Ministry, reorganization of the Trustee Ministry, organization of the Youth Advisory Committee, organization of the "Boys in the Church Hood", implementation of a Youth Program, formulation of a Program Calendar, reorganization of the Doorkeeper's Ministry, organization of a Church Union, reorganization of the Cemetery Committee, implementation of a Manual describing all Auxiliaries and Committees, development of a Church Directory, implementation of Senior Citizens Day, expansion of a Day Care Center, implementation of Sunday Praise Service, reactivation of various Committees and Auxiliaries, implementation of Weekly Bible Study Class, implementation of Youth Fellowship Class, provision of a Nurse's Station, building and furnishing of an Educational Building (debt-free), renovation of the church's exterior, refurbishing of the church's interior, building of a Multi-Purpose Building (debt-free), paving of the parking lot and numerous purchases (organ, piano, sound system, computer, office equipment, drums, pulpit furniture, three church vans, etc.).
After much prayer and deliberation in October 1998, he was led of God to organize the Covenant Fellowship Church, Chesapeake, Virginia. Since the inception of CFC, membership has consistently grown, new ministries have been developed such as; the Women's Ministry, the Men's Fellowship, Single's Ministry, Senior's (65 Alive) Ministry, Youth Ministry, Doorkeepers Ministry, Evangelism Ministry Hospitality Ministry, Media Team, DMFA Ministry (Department of Music and Fine Arts) and the Outreach (Bread from Heaven) Ministry. Ministers have been appointed to assist Pastor White with spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Deacons were ordained to care for the needs of the membership. Land has been acquired and buildings have been purchased for the future growth and expansion of CFC. The vision continues to unfold day by day.
Dr. White is married to the former Dolores M. Walker of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and together they are the proud parents of LiKevin, Danielle, Brandon and Tony.