Corey L. Kennard  began his active work in the business sector as well as in ministry over 25 years ago. Corey earned a Masters Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and carries out his passion for people as a daring and devoted agent of change, serving as a Pastor, Spiritual Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Partner/Board Member for several community organizations that promote positive change for both youth and adults. As a result, he has received the Michigan Chronicle’s Men Of Excellence Award as being one of the Top 50 Most Influential African American Men in the Metropolitan Detroit Region.

Corey has been involved in the field of healthcare for over 20 years with over a decade of experience in the areas of Palliative Care and Hospice. His work includes leading a spiritual care team at one of Detroit’s largest hospitals, and formerly serving as a Faculty Lead for Duke University’s Institute on Care at the End Of Life (ICEOL) national training program called, “APPEAL.” In this role, he was instrumental in co-creating a national teaching module for understanding spirituality at the end of life. He has provided intensive, hands-on consultation, as-well-as informative and motivational conference presentations to Healthcare Professionals and Faith Community Leaders on the importance and impact of a person’s spirituality while facing illness. He also serves as a National Advisory Board Member for The Hospice Foundation of America, and is Co-Director of a Community Faith Advance Care Planning Project for the University of Virginia.

His thought provoking and energizing speaking style has made him a choice of organizations and educational institutions seeking conference speakers, workshop presenters, or inspiring lecturers. Such organizations include The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Reimagine End of Life, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and the University of Washington’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence. Corey is becoming one of the most sought after and preferred national speakers on the subject of faith and its impact on medical care.

As a writer, Corey is an avid Blogger, and has also been a New York Times contributing columnist. He has been published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, written motivational columns for the Detroit News, and authored a previous book entitled, “Goliath Must Fall” (2005). His latest release, “Hamburgers & A Holy Man” (2018), is currently available on and Kindle. In addition, Corey also wrote/directed a major stage production for Detroit area Youth which provided solutions for the challenges that teens face today. Furthermore, he has served as the host for the “Real Life, Real Authority” radio program.