Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, KY

Secretary of the DART Board of Directors.

Reverend Joseph Owens is the head pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church and an active Board Member for DART’s affiliate Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) in Lexington, Kentucky. Owens is Vice Chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and graduated from Campbellsville University in 1977 with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Studies. He has since won the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.

A native of Lebanon, Kentucky, he became licensed to preach in 1975 at First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky., and became ordained in 1980 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Louisville. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education. In 2000, he graduated from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry.

Rev. Owens served as pastor at Second Baptist Church in Vincennes, Ind. for seven years, and Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Midway, Ky. for eleven years. He is serving in his tenth year at Shiloh Baptist Church.

He serves as chairman for the Black Church Coalition of the Bluegrass in Lexington, as a member of the Board of the North Lexington Branch YMCA, and as a moderator of the Consolidated District Baptist Association.

Owens has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, also a 1977 graduate of Campbellsville University, for 35 years. She is employed with the Fayette County School System as a child guidance specialist. The couple has two children, Charisa Jené and John Mark.