In 1923, when times were particularly difficult for a race of people who were only a few decades past slavery and experiencing extreme poverty, a dynamic project had its beginning. The project was that of the founding of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church originally referred to as “Rock Street Church.” It took a great deal of stamina, foresight, love, and most of all prayers for spiritual guidance from God on the part of 14 pilgrims who might be called the founding fathers of this church.
Pastor Kemper was born to a teacher and a preacher in Fort Polk, Louisiana. After graduating high school, Kemper served several years in the U.S. Army. He graduated from GMOR Theological Institute in Houston, Texas. (Master of Theology in Religious Education) in 2013. Pastor E was privileged to travel as a missionary to Haiti in 2015, where he helped build restrooms for an orphanage and lay the foundation for an elderly home.
Pastor E was a featured columnist in the CSN Magazine from 2009-2010. His monthly column was entitled Divine Prescriptions. Pastor E is the author of seven books. He is the host of the Sunday morning broadcast entitled Word Up with Pastor E on KZWA 104.9fm every Sunday from 6 to 9AM. Pastor Kemper also is a board member of the SWLA Sickle Cell Anemia foundation.
He is married to Orelia Marie Kemper. To this union of better than 15 years was given two children: Ellis James Kemper IV and Eyana Janae Kemper.