Pastor Kenneth Sullivan, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor of New Direction Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a devoted husband, loving father, published author, business owner, civic leader and educator. He and his wife, Lady Roxie, have three children, Gabrielle, Kennedy and David Jeremiah. A native of Indianapolis, Pastor Sullivan has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Crossroads Bible College, with a double major in Pastoral Ministry and Theology. He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree through Jakes Divinity School. Prayer Still Works marks his third publication to date.
Pastor Sullivan’s vision to pour into the lives of youth and adults led to the development of S.A.V.E.S. (Saving A Valuable Endangered Species), a 501c3 organization incorporated in 2014. The focus of S.A.V.E.S. is to establish programs, events, and scholarship opportunities that help to reduce violence and crime in our community, and to give our youth and their families alternatives to help them grow, learn, and succeed.
As a community leader, Pastor Sullivan serves on several advisory boards and supports initiatives focused on economic empowerment, citizen engagement and youth development. He founded and leads the Indianapolis Urban Pastor’s Coalition (IUPC), a collaboration of pastors working cooperatively to facilitate real change through a network of local congregations. Additionally, Pastor Sullivan led development of Advancing Tech, a partnership with leading tech company Eleven Fifty Academy to train community members for well-paying careers in technology. Pastor Sullivan recently had the honor of being appointed to the city’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee (Citizens’ Police Complaint Board) and was honored by the mayor of Indianapolis for his enduring work in the metropolitan Indianapolis area when October 10, 2021 was declared Kenneth Sullivan, Jr. Day.
The mission of New Direction Church is “Leading People to A Better Life,” a priority which has even expanded beyond the United States through the work of New Direction’s Better Life Initiative in the nation of Kenya in Eastern Africa. Pastor Sullivan firmly believes in the power of God to change lives, despite the challenges and issues that confront our society today, and leads his congregation and others to actively realize that vision. Pastor Sullivan’s commitment to motivate, re-direct, and empower others is both honorable and commendable.