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Lead Pastor & Founder of The Impact Church

Bishop Kelvin L. Cobaris, a native of Orlando, Florida, is the son of the late Paul L. Cobaris and Arvella L. Cobaris, the loving and devoted spouse of Diedra Lafran Cobaris, and the proud father of Kelsey Leigh and Kyler Langston Cobaris. Bishop Cobaris has been in the ministry for more than thirty years and has served the body of Christ in various capacities.


Bishop Cobaris has served as the Senior Pastor of the Greater Central Church of God and Elm Street Church of God in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Additionally, he served as the State Evangelism & Home Missions Director for the Florida-Cocoa Executive Office of the Church of God (2002-2006) and has been elected to several non-profit and community boards. He is a noted speaker and has been placed in great demand at workshops, seminars, crusades, and conferences, both, inside and outside of the United States; namely, Jamaica, Bahamas, Dubai, India, Australia, and South Africa.


In October of 2004, Bishop Cobaris launched the Empowerment Ministries Church. Empowerment’s mission quickly made a name for itself by being “more than a church in a community, but a community church” by Educating, Equipping and Empowering men and women through Biblical and practical teachings. Bishop Cobaris merged the Empowerment Church with the Livingston Street Church of God—the church where he received his tutelage.  After a brief pastoral tenure, he and his spiritual father, Bishop Thomas E. Chenault, launched The Impact Church—a church working towards making an impact in the kingdom and community through sharing the message and employing the method of unconditional love.


In addition to being an internationally known speaker, Bishop Cobaris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University for Organizational Management.  He is a candidate to receive his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  His education has assisted him in being a leading voice in the community as he is responsible for the development of several community-based organizations, namely, Empowerment Kingdom Group, Kingdom Global Alliance, and M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Movement. His background coupled with his outspoken nature has catapulted him into the spotlight of massive crime prevention efforts in the City of Orlando. He presently serves as a spiritual advisor and honorary deputy at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and on several boards for civic organizations. Most recently, he has been elected to serve as President of the African American Council of Christian Clergy—one of the most notable ministerial alliances in Central Florida. He has also received the distinction of being tapped as one of Central Florida’s 100 Most Influential Voices by the Orlando Sentinel.


Bishop Cobaris is a man that is driven by purpose.  He is dedicated to proclaiming the Word of God and winning the lost at any cost.

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