C.B. Akins, Sr.
Address: 3389 Malone Drive, Lexington, KY 40513
Phone: (859) 231-7042
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Length of Service on the Board: July 29, 2011-present
Term Expires: June 30, 2017
Offices/Positions Held on the Board: Chair, University Athletics Committee; Member, Executive and Finance Committee; Member, Human Resources Committee; Member, Nominating Committee; Member, Academic Affairs Committee; Member, Student Affairs Committee.
Dr. C.B. Akins, Sr. is a native of Bath Springs, Tenn., and the son of Robert and Mary Lee Akins. He is one of six children born to this union. He is married to the former Roszalyn Mack and is the father of four children: one son, C.B. Akins, Jr. and three daughters Alicia, Neesha, and CeKesha.
Dr. Akins was raised in church by a praying mother. Having responded to the call to the ministry in 1977, he was licensed to preach, ordained in 1980, and became the pastor of Carneal Chapel MBC in Paducah, Ky., from 1980-1983. In 1983 he accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Bracktown, Lexington, Ky., and has remained a faithful servant of God in growing the church exponentially. He has partnered with God to grow the church from 65 members to over 1,000 active members. In June 2006, a new church complex with a sanctuary seating over 900, classroom space for over 400, a library/computer/tutorial center, a family life center, and a licensed daycare facility for 118 children that includes an after-school and summer camp program for 80 children.
In his educational pursuit, Dr. Akins graduated from Carrier Mills High School, Carrier Mills, Ill., in 1968; from the Defense Language Institute, Czechoslovakian Dept., Monterey, Calif, in 1971; University of Maryland, German Department, Rimbach, Germany, in 1972; Draughon's Business College, Paducah, Ky., in 1976; Paducah Community College, Paducah, Ky., in 1978; University of Kentucky, in 1993 with a BASW with honors; Lexington Theological Seminary, in 1996with a Master of Divinity; Simmons Bible College, Louisville, Ky., in 1998, received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity; and the Lexington Theological Seminary, in 2001, with a Doctorate of Ministry.
Dr. Akins served in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973 and was honorably discharged as a multilingual interpreter. From 1973 to 1980 he taught foreign languages in the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. Army Reserves. He has also studied eight additional languages, including Czechoslovakian, Russian, Chinese, Mandarin, German, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.
With his proven leadership ability and as an avid leader in the community and throughout the state, he has had the opportunity to serve on numerous boards that include the Commerce Lexington Board of Directors; Fayette Educational Foundation Board of Directors (Charter Member); One Community One Voice Board of Directors; African-American Education Coalition (Charter Member; University of Kentucky President's Commission on Diversity (Charter Member); board member to the Kentucky Board of Education (2006-2011); Board of Trustees for Simmons College of Kentucky; First Vice Moderator, General Association of Baptist in Kentucky; Vice Chair Kentucky Board of Education (2009-2011); member Board of Trustees Midway College (2007-2011); and recently appointed by Governor Steve Brashear to serve as Board of Trustees for the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Akins has an affiliation with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the Consolidated District Convention.
Dr. Akins is an in-demand preacher/speaker for revivals and conferences across the nation and is often called upon to support and to be a voice for disenfranchised cultures. In March 2011, Dr. Akins and his wife, among many other clergy and political figures, were blessed to be invited guests at President Barak Obama's World Day of Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, DC.
Dr. Akins is the author of the book "From Burden to Blessing." His motto is "Our Sole Business is Soul Business."