About NNYA

The SBC21 young adult network offers principled African American clergy and young adults support and mentoring as they further hear, discern, and practice their call to ministry. By connecting young adults to a greater network of other disciplined young adults, campus ministers, mentors, and seasoned ministry leaders, we build a pipeline of transformational leaders to serve within the church and respective UMC affiliated HBCU campuses.

The goal of the NNYA is to identify, recruit, train and build a national network of relationships with 500 young adult leaders from various walks of life committed to being and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Director and Strategist for the NNYA

Kevin Kosh Jr. or Rev Kev is a pastor, poet, educator, and proud father. A highly sought-after speaker, Pastor Kev has been committed to using the gospel and HBCU community to inform, inspire, and engage people while create safe spaces for transformational leadership and spiritual formation to take place. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a 2012 graduate of Rust College in Holly Springs, MS, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and in 2014 received his Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA.

Kosh served two years as Director of the Alcorn State University Wesley Foundation in Lorman, Mississippi. From 2016 through 2019, he served as the College Chaplain and Professor of Religion at his alma mater, Rust College, where the ministry grew and flourished, leaving a positive impact on the campus and the community. For the past 3 years Kosh has served as Wesley Foundation Director and Campus Pastor for “Thee I Love” Jackson State University and as the lead Pastor of Couparle UMC in Camden MS.

In July 2022 Kosh was Ordained as an Elder in full connection in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the UMC. Kosh is engaged to Ms. Jasmyne Adams, and they have a 9-year-old son Karter Kosh. Though he is busy with ministry, partnering and civic engagement, Kosh still has plans of pursuing doctoral work.

 Kosh is an avid reader, writer, social justice advocate and loves Hip Hop. His motto is “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” (Micah 6:8).

It is an honor to introduce our new director and Strategist for the National Network of Young Adults for Strengthening the Black church for the 21st century Rev Kevin Kosh Jr.

Quick Facts About the Director and Strategist for National Network of Young Adults

Name: Kevin Kosh Jr.  (or Rev., Rev. Kev, Rev. Kosh, or Pastor Kosh)

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

High School: Rivers of Life Christian School, Diploma

Undergraduate: Rust College, B.S. in Business Administration, Summer 2011

Graduate/Professional School: Gammon Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Christian Education, Spring 2014.

Religious Affiliation: Christian (United Methodist Church)

Ministry Experience: 9 years 

  • 2013-2014 Associate/Youth Pastor at Warren Memorial UMC in Atlanta, GA
  • 2014-2016 Director of the Alcorn State University Wesley Foundation n in Lorman, MS
  • 2016-2019 Rust College Chaplain and Religion Professor in Holly Springs, MS
  • 2019-2022 Jackson State University Wesley Foundation Director and Campus Pastor in Jackson MS
  • 2019-2022 Lead Pastor of Couparle UMC in Camden MS

Favorite Scripture: Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Favorite Quote: “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb).

Hobbies: Reading, Poetry, Music, Sports, Art, Movies, Community Service, Video Games, civil and human rights lectures/tours and traveling.

Heroes: His Father-Reverend Kevin Kosh Sr., Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Maya Angelou and too many others to name.

Proudest accomplishments:  Giving my life to Christ, being a dad, my Social Advocacy work, and being able to give back to my alma mater, Rust College, and other HBCUs with both my service and financial gifts.

Our Programs

Young Leaders

We’re here to help you answer the big questions, “Who is God calling me to be and where is God calling me to serve?”

Whether you are a college student or recent graduate we develop transformational leaders as they hear, discern, and respond to God’s call upon their live. Through mentorship, training events, and innovative digital content we specialize in transformational leadership development committed to social justice, equity, and non dominant ways of being.

Seminarians & Young Clergy

We’re here to help you answer the big question, “What is my next faithful step in my faith journey?”

Whether you are young clergy, a seminarian, or lay we develop transformational leaders prepared for making a difference in the church and beyond. Through mentorship, training events, and innovative digital content we specialize in transformational leadership development committed to social justice, equity, and non dominant ways of being.

Leaders Leading Young Adults

We’re here to help you answer the big questions, “What are best practices in ministry, and who are innovative peers for networking and collaboration?”

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