Reverend T. Kenneth Venable was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in a small community known as Turner Station. He received his early education in the Baltimore County Public School System. Reverend Venable later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University (MSU) and a Masters of Arts degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University. He received theological training from the School of Theology, Virginia Union University.
Upon his graduation from Morgan State, Reverend Venable entered the United States Army. Most of his duties involved Personnel Administration and instructing in Personnel Management. Highlights of Reverend Venable’s military career included assignments to the United States Military Academy at West Point and as Associate Professor of Military Science at his Alma Mater. He retired as a major after twenty (20) years of service.
Upon his retirement from military service, Reverend Venable was employed as a Field Manager for the Southland Corporation. He subsequently joined the Petersburg City Public School Division as a sixth grade teacher so that he could devote more time to his “call” as a preacher of the Gospel. Reverend Venable continued his participation in the field of education as Transfer Coordinator at Virginia State University until his move to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to pursue full time ministry.
Reverend Venable was ordained an Elder in February, 1994. His first pastoral appointment was to the Saint Mary A.M.E. Zion Church, Sebrell, VA. A year later he was appointed to the historic Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Petersburg, VA, the Mother Church of the Virginia Annual Conference where he served almost eleven years. In June of 2005, Reverend Venable was appointed to Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church in Harrisburg, PA. On June 13, 2009, Reverend Venable was appointed as pastor of Clinton AME Zion Church in Rockville, MD. On July 3, 2016 Rev. Venable was appointed by Bishop Richard K. Thompson to his current ministry as the Presiding Elder of the Petersburg District in the Virginia Conference.
His community activities are numerous, to include membership in the Omega Psi Phi International Fraternity and organizations such as the Salvation Army, community food banks and clothing supports, men’s and women’s shelters, NAACP, and various clergy alliances.
In addition to his pastoral ministry, Reverend Venable has served on District and Conference Finance, Admissions, State of the Church, Holy Orders, Annual Conference Program committees, denomination Boards and the Dinwiddie Trustee Board. He has served as host to three bishops during Annual Conference meetings.
Reverend Venable has consistently had a vision of ministry that would partner with God in transforming lives and making disciples for Christ. His mission has been to serve the cause of Christ; create an atmosphere of love and care; and demonstrate integrity in the stewardship of resources that undergird the ministry. There are two scriptures that guide his personal life in fulfilling this stated mission under the power of the Holy Spirit: Jeremiah 18:6 “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel; and Hebrews 13:21 “… make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Reverend Venable is married to the former C. Gene Coffey and they have two children: Keith of Miami, Florida and Dr. Erika (Rodney) Venable-Johnson of Chester, Virginia. They also have three grandchildren, Taylor, Mya and Tyler.