Kenneth R. Kemp, MD, is a native of Tucker, Arkansas. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in 1991. After serving as Chief of Medical Residents, he completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at BAMC in 1995. He is currently certified in the areas of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Kemp retired from the Army in September 2009 as a Colonel after 21 years of active service and 25 years of total service in our nation’s military. He is an adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He continues to actively practice medicine.
“… accepted his call into the gospel ministry in 1991 at the Antioch Baptist Church under the late Pastor JJ Rector, Sr.”
In addition to his life in medicine, Dr. Kemp has a strong faith in Christ and is an ordained Baptist minister. He was initially ordained as a deacon in 1990 and later accepted his call into the gospel ministry in 1991 at the Antioch Baptist Church under the late Pastor JJ Rector, Sr. He served as the interim Pastor of the True Vision Baptist Church in San Antonio from 1994 to 1995 and he was Assistant to the Pastor for Pastoral Care at the Lewis Chapel Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina from 1995 to 1998. Upon his return to San Antonio in 1998, he resumed his duties as a member of the preaching ministry at Antioch under the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. E. Thurman Walker. In 2004, he was selected to be Assistant Pastor at Antioch. On September 27, 2009, upon the recommendation of Pastor Walker and the overwhelming support of the congregation, Dr. Kemp was called to be Co-Pastor of Antioch. One month later, on October 26, 2009, upon the demise of Dr. Walker and the move of the Holy Spirit, he assumed the responsibilities and position of Senior Pastor of Antioch, where he continues to serve.
Dr. Kemp is published in the areas of General Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Biomedical Ethics. He is also the lead editor of Lessons for Life: A Devotional for the Disciple and he is the author of A Servant’s Heart: Tips for the Associate Minister, both published in 2014. His latest work is A Cry During Crisis. He is a member of numerous boards and committees. He also serves as the Chairman of the Eastside Christian Action Group and he is the National Director of the Health Awareness Team, National Baptist Convention of America, International, Incorporated. He has been inducted into the San Antonio Clergy Hall of Fame sponsored by Blackbook and in November 2014, he was honored by his Alma Mater as an inductee into the National Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Dr. Kemp has been married to his high school sweetheart, Velma L. Willoughby since August 3, 1985. They are the parents of two daughters: Jessica, the Minister of Children, Youth and Young Adults at Antioch, and Joelle, a pharmacist who resides in Humble, TX.