The KMBC Board of Trustees is excited to announce the selection of Rev. Rob Pocai as the president-elect of Kentucky Mountain Bible College. Rev. Pocai is a distinguished pastoral, parachurch, and educational leader in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Rev. Pocai is no stranger to KMBC. He and his wife, Holly, graduated with a BA in Religion/Communications from KMBC in 2003 and 2004 respectively. In reflecting on his time at KMBC, Rev. Pocai comments, “The Holy Spirit used Kentucky Mountain Bible College to change the trajectory of my life. It was there that the Lord, through the influence of faculty and staff, led me to the experience of entire sanctification. All the faculty and staff of KMBC invested in my calling and ministry. I am forever grateful. … For Holly and me, Kentucky Mountain Bible College brought us together. KMBC played a vital role in shaping our lives spiritually, academically, and for ministry. Our families have been greatly impacted by this Spirit-filled institution.” Following his time as a student at KMBC, Rev. Pocai completed a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism from Wesley Biblical Seminary (MS) in 2007 and is currently finishing a Doctor of Education from Southeastern University (FL).
Over the past two decades, Rev. Pocai has had professional ministry experience in the Salvation Army, Methodist, Nazarene, and inter-holiness churches. Rev. Pocai has demonstrated a deep love for Christ’s church through his passion for holiness and commitment to biblical higher education. Rev. Pocai comes with broad and experienced knowledge in pastoral care, community relations, fundraising, facility development, as well as staff and volunteer cultivation. While serving as the Executive Vice President of Wesley Biblical Seminary, Rev. Pocai was actively involved in administration, enrollment, institutional advancement, and the launch of new educational programs. The late, WBS President, Dr. John Neihof, said, “Rob is an energetic, passionate leader. He has a proven track record as a successful urban minister, church planter, pastor, and evangelist. Rob’s powerful pulpit ministry resounds with the authority of Scripture and a call to Christian holiness.”
As President-elect, it is the desire of Rev. Pocai’s heart to claim the promise of the founder, Dr. Lela G. McConnell found in Joshua 17:18 “the mountain shall be thine.” (KJV) He said, “Kentucky Mountain Bible College was established as a life-transforming Christian formation institution. Testimonies of alumni are far-reaching around the world for the glory of God. On that mountain, lives are changed and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the blood of Jesus. Glory to God! Holiness of heart and life is a reality and this message needs shared and lived in a broken world. Pray that the Lord raises up students who learn passionately about holiness and ministry, supporters who will give sacrificially to this holiness work, and friends who will pray faithfully for this holiness ministry in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.”
Rev. Pocai, his wife Holly, and four children Isabella, Ian, Ily Grace, and Iris May, are excited for this new step of God’s calling. The KMBC Board of Trustees believe that Rob and Holly Pocai are an exceptional team and will be able to lead KMBC forward in continued excellence in equipping men and women to serve with a passion to know God, a passion to prepare for His ministry, a passion to live and teach the message of biblical holiness, and a passion to evangelize and disciple the world for Christ.