"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." Romans 12:6

David Palmer, Senior Pastor  |  Scott Burns, Associate Pastor  |

Alberto Bent, Pastor of WorshipGlenn Perry, Pastor of Business Administration

Lydia Davis, Director of Young Adult Ministries  |  Fred Anderson, Pastor of Student Ministries

Sara O'Connor, Pastor to Children and Families  |  Professional Staff


David Palmer, PhD, Senior Pastor

David's Role at Kenwood

David serves as Senior Pastor with primary responsibilities in preaching, shepherding, servant leadership, and prayer. He loves being part of God's family in Christ and being surrounded by such a gifted staff and faithful congregation at Kenwood.


Educational Background

Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati, OH), PhD in New Testament Backgrounds, MPhil in Hebrew and Cognate Studies

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA), ThM in Biblical Theology, MDiv

Huntington University (Huntington, IN), BA in History


Ministry History

David served as Associate Pastor for ten years at Kenwood prior to his call as senior pastor. Before coming to Cincinnati, he pastored in New England and taught biblical studies at Gordon College. He currently serves as adjunct professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been blessed to participate in global missions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.



David is married to Christine and together they have two children, Salome and Jonathan.


Email David: davidpalmer@kenwoodbaptist.org



Scott Burns, Associate Pastor

Scott's Role at Kenwood

Scott began serving as the Associate Pastor in the summer of 2015.  His primary roles involve outreach, assimilation, and discipleship.


Educational Background

MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) with a focus in Theology and Pastoral Ministry

B.S. in Applied Communication from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC



Ministry History

Scott came to Cincinnati after serving for 10.5 years as the Youth & Family Pastor of Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, NC.  Prior to that, he served as a youth pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Versailles, KY.  Scott has led six mission trips to El Salvador, and served as a youth camp speaker on numerous occasions.  He enjoys teaching God’s Word and helping people follow Christ.



Scott is married to Carol and  they have five children: McKenzie, Paige, Lauren, Zach, and Caleb.


Email David: scottburns@kenwoodbaptist.org




Alberto Bent, Pastor of Worship

Alberto's Role at Kenwood

Alberto oversees all aspects of worship at Kenwood, from Sunday morning services to the special weekends and holidays. He brings 20 years of experience and musical gifts to Kenwood's worship which is focused on God's Word and bringing Him glory.


Educational Background

Master of Arts in Music University of Missouri-Kansas City

Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication



Ministry History

Alberto served as Worship Director in the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Fl, the First Baptist Church of ST. Petersburg, FL, and the Gashland Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO.



Alberto and wife Becky have beloved family across the midwest and Florida.


Email Alberto: albertobent@kenwoodbaptist.org




Glenn Perry, Pastor of Business Administration

Glenn's Role at Kenwood

The Associate Pastor has primary responsibility to magnify Jesus Christ through the godly, wise stewardship of financial and human resources at Kenwood Baptist Church. He supports and extends the ministry vision of the Senior Pastor within an atmosphere of servant leadership, personal godliness, Christ-honoring friendship, and ministerial excellence.


 Educational Background

Doctor of Ministry, from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH

Master of Divinity, from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH

Bachelor of Arts, from Judson College, Elgin, IL


Ministry History

Glenn came to Kenwood in 2017 with Thirty-two years of pastoral leadership.  He most recently served at the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Williamstown, WV. Prior to that he served as the Executive Pastor at Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus, OH and as the Senior Pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Columbus, OH.



Glenn and his wife Chris have two adult children, Brittney and Chandler.


Email Glenn: Glennperry@kenwoodbaptist.org



Lydia Davis, Director of Young Adult Ministries

Lydia's Role at Kenwood

Lydia has served as the Director of Young Adult Ministries since 2013.


Educational Background

Lydia holds degrees from Hanover College (BA in Psychology) and Bethel Seminary (MA in Christian Thought).  She is currently enrolled at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary to pursue her MDiv equivalency.


Ministry History

In addition to her role at Kenwood, Lydia serves as a campus pastor to medical students at the University of Cincinnati through the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and American Baptist Campus Ministries (ABCM).  With her sister, she directs the non-profit corporation, The Market of Thyatira, to benefit international ministries that serve individuals affected by exploitative labor. More information is at: www.tmot.org.


Email Lydia: lydiadavis@kenwoodbaptist.org



Fred Anderson, Pastor of Student Ministries

Fred's Role at Kenwood

As the Pastor of Student Ministries, Fred serves. as a shepherd, teacher, and discipler of Jr. High and High School students.


Educational Background

Fred has a Pre-Seminary undergrad degree from Cedarville University with minors in Psychology and Greek and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.


Ministry History

Fred has experience leading diverse youth groups. He is passionate about students and working with lay leaders to deepen the ministry to youth.



Fred is married to his wife, Tacie, who enjoys serving with him in a variety of roles.


Email Fred: fredanderson@kenwoodbaptist.org



Sara O'Connor, Pastor to Children and Families

Sara's Role at Kenwood

Sara has served as the Pastor of Children and Families since 2016.


Educational Background

Sara has her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Miami University and her Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Graduate School/Moody Bible Institute.


Ministry History

Sara has worked full time in children's ministry since 2012. Sara and her husband worked as missionaries through Wycliffe in Kenya for 2 years.



Sara is married to Paul and they have three children: Luke, Anna and Charlie


Email Sara: saraoconnor@kenwoodbaptist.org


Professional Staff

Brian Carrigg

Technical Director

Peggy Raab,


Susan Hill,

Ministries Coordinator

Scott Cleverly,

Facilities Manager

Kenwood Baptist Church  |  8341 Kenwood Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236  |  (513) 791-0355 Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm