A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Reverend Kisner earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Cleveland State University before moving on to obtain a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Case Western Reserve University, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and the Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University. He was ordained at the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he taught Sunday School, was a Deacon and Associate Pastor.

A former law director of the City of East Cleveland, Reverend Kisner has had a distinguished career in education, law and public administration. He was an Adjunct Professor at Bosto University and Boston State College. He has also served as an elected member of the Ohio State Board of Education. Reverend Kisner has been associated with law firms in Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and Florida and has had several opportunities to counsel a number of churches and pastors on various legal and administrative matters.


After completing his religious studies at Howard University School of Divinity where he was Senior Class President and a member of the Board of Visitors, Reverend Kisner relocated to Atlanta, GA. With his organizational and management skills, his valuable legal background and his commitment to people and to improving social conditions, Reverend Kisner helped to organize the English Avenue Community Development Corporation which is trying to bring new life to a ravished inner-city Atlanta community. He used those same skills with the TAB Development, Inc., his church’s community development corporation in West Palm Beach, which built 53 single-family homes in the area surrounding the church and along with his church, built an educational & community center in the neighborhood.

Reverend Kisner served as a board director of the National City Bank Community Development Corporation in Cleveland, the Greater Miami (Florida) Red Cross, the Greater Miami Neighborhoods, Inc., was a member of Leadership Miami, served on the board of Hope House, served as Vice Chair of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, served as Chair of the Salvation Army’s Northwest Neighborhood Community Center Advisory Council and served as Chair of Palm Healthcare Foundation. He was a former member of the Downtown Action Committee of West Palm Beach. He serves as Vice Chair of the Tabernacle Learning Center and Vice Chair of the FAU/NWCHA Health Clinic.

Currently, Reverend Kisner also serves on the board of the Faith Center for Community Development, Inc. in New York City. He has taught in the Urban Ministry Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Thurgood Marshall Lodge 121.

Reverend Kisner is married to Mami Hampton-Kisner and is the parent of three grown siblings and has three grandchildren and two great grand children.

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