Pastor Kevin Edwards serves as the Senior Pastor and Organizer/Founder of Rising Star Baptist Church of Bakersfield, California along with his wife First Lady Min. Sharon Edwards.  In May 1994. he accepted his call to ministry at the age of 28.  This early start has provided a long and rich history in the work of the Kingdom.  He has given himself to preparation and formal training under the leadership of the Late Dr. J.T. Edwards, and holds a 2006 Liberty University Home Bible institute Completion Certificate under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Falwell and Dr. H.L. Willmington, of Lynchburg, Virginia.  He is regarded by many as one of the “Kingdom’s best” teachers and preachers.  When asked to list his priorities, Pastor Edwards always places the Lordship of Christ first, but is sure to follow with his wife, 6 children, and church.

As Senior Pastor, he exemplifies excellence in leadership and church development. Under his leadership,  Rising Star Baptist Church has transitioned to become one of the nation’s fastest growing churches.

Pastor  Edwards leads California State for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF):District Overseer, Director of the Next Level Men Development Ministry for the State of California, Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly 30th District Legislature AANKC and BAPAC volunteer. 1988, 1989 California Baptist State Brotherhood Union Certificate, Community Service Award Emerson Middle School, Best Pastors Awards from his current church.

These words are used by others when describing Pastor Edwards…

WISE – He is full of wisdom, beyond his years.

HUMUROUS– Pastor couples the deep truth of God’s Word with his
unique humor and makes learning fun.

 ANOINTED – There is a strong anointing on Pastor’s life, through his ministry the
sick are healed, drug addicted are delivered and lives are changed.

 LOVING – “Both Pastor and First Lady Sharon exemplify a genuine love for the Body.”

 VISIONARY– Pastor has the ability to see the “end from the beginning. ” He often says, “This is the Day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it”.  So, when he teaches and equips he is mobilizing the Saints not only for now, but also for the “Next Level.”

GIFTED – He is God’s gift, not only to Rising Star, but to the entire  Christian community.