The Reverend Doctor Kevin R. Murriel currently leads over 7,000 members as the senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church, a multi-site ministry that includes campuses in midtown and southwest Atlanta, Georgia. He is a biblical scholar and one of the leading visionaries and orators of this generation. A native Mississippian, he is a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, also being named as the 2008 “Student of the Year” for the College of Business. Dr. Murriel received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University. He was named by the Dean and doctoral committee of Duke Divinity School as the Degree Marshal of the 2014 Doctoral Cohort–the youngest person and first African American in the program’s history to receive such a designation.
Dr. Murriel is the author of two books. His latest book, Breaking the Color Barrier: A Vision for Church Growth through Racial Reconciliation was named to the 2015 Hot New Releases list on Amazon. It addresses the need for churches to model reconciliation in a racially divided society. In 2019, Dr. Murriel was appointed by Dean Jan Love to the faculty of Candler School of Theology at Emory University as Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of the Black Methodist Seminarians Program.