Dr. Boise Kimber is a native of Phenix City, Alabama. He is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, he attended Hartford Seminary, in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a Master of Religious Life and Education. Additionally, Dr. Kimber graduated from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and was conferred the Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Social Justice. In 2018, Dr. Kimber earned a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University Divinity School.
Dr. Kimber was called to the ministry at the tender age of 15 and began his pastoral ministry at the age of 16. He has served as the pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut for 36 years. First Calvary is a thriving congregation in an urban area of New Haven and serves the community through a variety of ministries. Dr. Kimber recently led the church to complete a $1M ministry complex that includes a worship center, fellowship hall, classrooms, and offices.
Dr. Kimber is serving his second term as President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention and has also enjoyed a fruitful career in Christian education. He is the founder of the Boise Kimber Christian Leadership School in New Haven, Connecticut which provides quarterly workshops for adult members to increase their leadership skills using traditional disciplines, spirituality, and biblical wisdom. Dr. Kimber serves as Executive Secretary, Board of Directors, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Committing to community service, Dr. Kimber served as a Consultant to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Center at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, served nine years as Fire Commissioner for the City of New Haven, Director for Aids Interfaith Network, Inc., Advisor to local labor unions, Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Connecticut Alumnae Chapter, Director of the National Action Network, Inc., Connecticut, Member, the Conference of National Black Churches, Connecticut, Executive Director of the Social Justice Initiative, Former Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Former Chairman, Affirmative Action Committee, Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, Secretary, National Acton Network Board of Directors, and Chairman, Early Childhood Council, New Haven, CT
Dr. Kimber is a 2019 recipient of the Keeper of the Dream Award
National Action Network 2019, 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Martin Luther King, Jr. Preaching Award, Morehouse College, the William Augustus Jones Award for Outstanding Community Service, National Action Network, Rainbow PUSH 2001 Community Activism Award, and the Johnson C. Smith University Athletic Scholarship.
Dr. Kimber is married to the love of his life, Shevalle. Together they are the proud parents of four.