Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, KY

Secretary of the DART Board of Directors.

Reverend Joseph Owens is the senior pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church and Co-Chair for DART’s affiliate Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) in Lexington, Kentucky. Owens is a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees where he just completed his fifth term as chairman.   He is a 1977 graduate of Campbellsville University with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Studies.

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, Indiana for seven years, and Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Midway, Ky. for eleven years. He is serving in his eighteenth year at Shiloh Baptist Church.

He is a board member of the Black Church Coalition of the Bluegrass in Lexington where he previously served as chairman for ten years. Owens is also former moderator of the Consolidated Baptist District Association in Kentucky.

Owens has been married to his wife, Elizabeth for 43 years.  The couple has two children, Charisa Jené and John Mark.  They also have five granddaughters.