First Lady Pastor Kimberly Gore Pleasant was born in Newport News, Virginia. She is the youngest of five children born to Ruby and Joseph Gore.
As early as elementary school, Kimberly exhibited leadership skills and business acumen as she was voted School Treasurer in her fifth grade year and at the age of 9 launched a consumer packaged goods business with her brother, Gerald. Kimberly continued her entrepreneurial endeavors throughout her early years with a paper route, baby-sitting, and through a community based Rent-A-Teen program. During high school, Kimberly participated in Varsity Sports, Future Business Leaders of America and was elected Senior Class Treasurer. Kimberly worked throughout high school, in addition to being active in various organizations and graduating in the top 10% of a class of 400 students.
Kimberly’s aptitude for business continued to flourish and she attended college at VA Tech where she received her B.S. degree in Business Accounting and at Clark Atlanta University where she received her MBA with distinction in Finance. Kimberly has over 12 years of management level work experience with Fortune 100 Companies including Coca-Cola Enterprises and Sara Lee Corporation. Kimberly has worked in the areas of Acquisitions; Investor Relations; Capital Management; and Training & Development.
On July 30, 1995, after a successful radio ministry program, Dr. Jamie T. Pleasant, PhD., with the support and assistance of his wife – Kimberly, launched New Zion Christian Church. The Pleasants have developed numerous cutting edge programs focused on spiritual and economic empowerment.
In 1997, Kimberly founded and continues to lead Women of Purpose Ministries which is a multi-capacity organization with the purpose of providing a forum where women unite to glorify God, are taught biblical principals for successful living and can support, encourage, network with, and uplift one another as they form a Christian bond of sisterhood.
Kimberly continues to use her education, knowledge and background to teach and lecture in the areas of Godly Marriages, Life Purpose, Motherhood and Living as a Woman of God as well as Finance and Entrepreneurship. Kimberly currently Pastors with her husband and is serving as Chief Financial Officer at New Zion Christian Church which has grown to a membership of over 1,500.
Kimberly is a current Life-Time Member of the National Black MBA Association. She is a member of Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who of America, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kimberly and Dr. Jamie Pleasant live in Alpharetta, Georgia with their children.