Pastor Kevin G. Rushing

Pastor Kevin Rushing“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”

– Psalm 27:4


Rev. Kevin G. Rushing was born the eldest of three to Pastor Melvin and Carolyn Walter Rushing in Baton Rouge, LA along with siblings Keith C. and Kendra M. Rushing.

He committed his life to Jesus Christ in 1987 at the Second Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, under the leadership of Dr. Leo D. Cyrus and answered a call to the preaching ministry in 2001. Rev. Rushing received ministerial training at the United Baptist Church under his father in the ministry, Bishop Kenneth W. Paramore, Sr. for more than 11 years and served in the various capacitates including Choir Member, Director and Campus Ministry Fellowship Pastor.

Rev. Rushing graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.  He is currently studying at Ashland Theology Seminary pursuing a Master of Arts in Black Church Studies.

On June 3, 2010, Rev. Rushing became Pastor of the United Baptist Church of Akron Ohio where his vision of rebuilding, “physically, spiritually, mentally, and collectively,” has led United to turn the motto of, “Saving Souls and Salvaging Lives,” into the mission expanding the church outside the four walls of the building and into the community to share the love of Jesus with the lost and the broken which is evident through the work the church does in/for neighboring schools Schumacher and Buchtel CLC.

Pastor Rushing is Director/Bursar of Student Accounts at the University of Akron where he has worked for more than 10 years.

Pastor Rushing is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Tau Lambda Chapter, serves as Secretary on the Pastoral Counseling Board and work with students at Buchtel CLC.

First Lady Svette Rushing

First Lady Svette RushingLady Svetlana Rushing is the 3rd daughter born July 4, 1967, to the late Sylvester and Georgia Richardson. A native of Akron, OH, she matriculated through the Akron Public Schools system graduating in 1985 from Central Hower High School where she studied chair side dental assisting.  She loved dentistry so much that she decided to further her education achieving a Certified Ohio Dental Assistant license in 1995 and was accepted at The Case Western Reserve Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary program, graduating in the fall of 1997.  With over 30 years of experience and servicing in many facets of dentistry, her favorite thing about her job is building the self-confidence of others and helping them achieve their dream smile.

Lady Svette accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and began developing her Christian walk at the United Baptist Church in 1981. Since then, Svette could always be found serving in ministry, advancing the Kingdom of God.

In 2008, Lady Svette became the proud wife of Rev. Kevin G. Rushing and she takes her responsibilities as a wife and mother of one beautiful daughter LeChelle and son-in-law Diontre, grandmother of Jayland and Jordyn, and servant of the Kingdom of God very seriously.

Lady Svette is the model First Lady and a true woman of character who handles her obligation to serve in ministry alongside her husband with grace and devotion.

More than anything, she’s a worshiper.  John 4:23 says, “For the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.”