Kevin L. Prince was born in 1961 to a career USAF family stationed in San Antonio, Texas. As a preschooler, his family lived next door to a Pentecostal family while stationed near Izmir, Turkey. That contact proved to be divinely orchestrated. A few years later that same Pentecostal family would impact the Prince family again while they were stationed together in Florida, and the Prince family began to attend the United Pentecostal Church in Crestview, Florida, with their former neighbors from Turkey. Kevin’s mother was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the Holy Ghost about a year later. Eventually, all of the family would be born again of water and Spirit. Many years later, Kevin would have the unique privilege of performing his first baptism as a young minister in his 20s. That baptismal candidate was none other than his own father who received the Holy Ghost that same day.
In 1969, not long after Kevin’s mother was born again, the Air Force moved the Prince family back to Texas. Kevin began the 3rd grade in Burkburnett, Texas, and would graduate there in 1979. He felt a call to ministry at the age of 19 and attended Texas Bible College where he graduated as valedictorian in 1983. It was while at TBC that he met and married Jacklyn Yates from McLeod, Texas. They have three wonderful daughters and sons-in-law; and in April of 2014 they welcomed their first grandchild, a little boy named Braydon.
Rev. Prince received his ministerial license with the UPCI in 1983 and has since filled many ministerial roles. He served as an assistant pastor in Aransas Pass, Texas, and on the staff of his alma mater as Administrative Assistant to the President and as Development Director. Later he served as a pastor in Longview and Tyler, Texas. While pastoring in Section 5, he was asked to serve as Section North American Missions Director, Section Secretary, and then Section Presbyter. In 2002 he was elected as the Texas District Secretary and served until 2008 when he assumed the pastorate of the First Apostolic Church of Tyler.
During the 90s, while pastoring, he founded Mobile Masters, Inc., which became a leading provider of aftermarket services to the manufactured housing industry in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. In 2001 he stepped away from that business to pastor full time.
In 2013, Rev. Prince was elected as the Texas District Superintendent. He has served and is presently serving on a number of boards within the United Pentecostal Church International.