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Southern Baptist Convention Leader Ken Weathersby Addresses MC August Graduation

Dr. Ken Weathersby, guest speak at MC's August 3 graduation.

A longtime Southern Baptist Convention leader, Ken Weathersby will deliver the keynote speech at Mississippi College’s  summer commencement on August 3.

The MC graduation ceremony begins that Saturday at 10 a.m. at the A.W. Wood Coliseum on the Clinton campus. More than 225 students are expected to receive diplomas.

A 1985 Mississippi College graduate, Weathersby was named vice president for convention advancement with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee. He’s working to increase ethnic participation within the SBC and assist young ministers and pastors at small churches.

The Jackson, Mississippi native becomes the first African-American to hold the executive committee’s vice presidential post. His new assignment began in April.

The MC alumnus recently served as an ambassador for ethnic and church relations with the North American Mission Board. In addition,  Dr. Weathersby is a member of the Mississippi College Board of Trustees.

In 1999, Weathersby was named the first African-American pastor to serve as a full-time associate professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He earned a master’s in divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a doctor of ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He’s been associated  with Southern Baptist Convention entities for more than two decades. The SBC works with 42 state conventions and 1,174 local associations and is tied to groups in 153 nations around the globe.

Weathersby and his wife, Belva Kennedy, are the parents of two children. Their daughter, Kenyeta, is a South Carolina State University student. Their son, Breon, attends Morehouse College in Atlanta.