Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber

Dr. Boise Kimber is the Senior Pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut, where he has served since 1986. It is a vibrant ministry with a strong emphasis on Christian education and mission work. As a pastor in the urban community, he advocates for social justice and community activism.

Dr. Kimber is very active in the New Haven Community and has served in several organizations including Consultant to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Center at Southern Connecticut State University, Fire Commissioner (9-year appointment), Director for Aids Interfaith Network, Inc., Chairman of the Early Childhood Council, Board of Directors of Hidden Light Institute and Advisor to local labor unions.

Dr. Kimber’s community outreach also extends beyond the boundaries of New Haven. He also serves in several other capacities including, Director of the National Action Network (Connecticut), a member of the Conference of National Black Churches (Connecticut), Board of Directors for the National Action Network, Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, Secretary 2010-2014, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Dr. Kimber has also made an impact in his capacity of pastoring. He has answered the called to serve in several pastoral roles. The most recent appointments include Senior Pastor, First Calvary in Hartford, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford. Dr. Kimber is President Emeritus of the Greater New Haven Clergy Association. He has also previously served as President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention for eight years and as custodian of the Christian Leadership School named in his honor.

Dr. Kimber completed his undergraduate studies at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. He earned a Master of Religious Life and Education degree from Hartford Theological Seminary. Dr. Kimber also attended Yale University Divinity School and earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree. He received a Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.

Dr. Kimber is a native of Phenix City, Alabama. The son of the late Milburn and Ruthie Kimber. He currently resides in New Haven, CT. He is married to Rev. Shavelle Turner-Kimber.