Kevin  Blackwell
Assistant to the President for Church Relations, Executive Director, Ministry Training Institute
President's Office
126 Chapman Hall
kdblackw@samford.edu
205-726-4055
Dr. Blackwell has been in ministry for 29 years serving in various capacities including senior pastor, youth pastor, education and associate pastor. A native of Pleasant Grove, AL he serves dual roles as both Assistant to the President for Church Relations and as Executive Director of the Ministry Training Institute, Samford's historic Extension Division. Before coming to Samford in 2014 he was Senior Pastor of Valley Creek Baptist Church in Hueytown, AL.  Dr. Blackwell has served as an adjunct professor in pastoral ministry at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Extension in Birmingham and is former President of the Alabama Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference.  He is the recipient of the Troy L. Morrison award for pastoral excellence through the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. He is married to Lorrie and has four children, Maggie, Andie, Averie, and Brodie.  He also assists Samford athletics as the stadium announcer for Samford football and host of the Chris Hatcher Show.  Dr. Blackwell received his Bachelor of General Studies from Samford, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral work was in the area of church health and revitalization.  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation thesis is An Analysis and Critique of Disciple Making Within Ecclesial Movements in the United States, 1970-2020, With a View Toward Implementing a Faithful New Testament Missio Ecclesia. Since coming to Samford he has served as interim pastor for six churches in Alabama.