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Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, born on June 18, 1918, as the only child of an educated mother and a Baptist preacher father in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gardner Calvin Taylor began on the path that would eventually lead to becoming the influential senior pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. His peers named him the greatest African American preacher and one of America's greatest preachers in Ebony in 1993. President Bill Clinton agreed in 2000 when he bestowed upon Taylor the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Despite his background, Taylor was agnostic until his involvement in a 1937 car accident in which a white man died. Consequently, he enrolled in the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in 1937, where he met and married Laura Bell Scott. They have one daughter, Martha. While still in school, he preached at Bethany Baptist Church in Oberlin, Ohio, from 1938 to 1941.

Taylor actively advocated civil rights as pastor for four churches. He sought the presidency of the National Baptist Church Convention in 1961, and after losing, he and his followers formed the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Taylor taught at prominent divinity schools, including Harvard and Yale. Now senior pastor emeritus of Concord, he has traveled extensively around the world and uses all his experiences in his preaching.














Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. was called to serve the congregation of Trinity United Church of Christ in March of 1972. Trinity’s membership was 87 adults in that year. The membership now exceeds 8000!

Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his elementary education in that city and then went to the college where his mother and father met, Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia. He was a third generation family member to be a student at that college. His grandparents also finished Virginia Union University in the late 1800’s.

After six years in the military, Pastor Wright transferred to Howard University where he completed his undergraduate studies and received his first Master’s Degree. His second Master’s Degree was from University of Chicago Divinity School. His Doctorate was received from the United Theological Seminary under Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor.

In addition to Pastor Wright’s four earned degrees, he has been the recipient of seven honorary degrees; a Doctor of Letters Degree (from Colgate University), a Doctor of Laws Degree (from Bethune-Cookman College), a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree (from Valparaiso University) and four Doctor of Divinity Degrees.

Over the last three decades, Trinity Church has done more than grow from 87 members to 8000 members. Trinity Church has constructed two new worship centers. (The present worship center seats 2700 and covers 150,000 square feet!)

Trinity Church has also constructed two Senior Citizen Housing complexes which provide comfortable living quarters for 130 families. Trinity Church has operated a Federally Funded Child Care Program for low-income and unemployed families for a quarter of a century. Trinity Church has also run a federally funded Credit Union for 25 years. The Credit Union’s assets now exceed $3,000,000!

Pastor Wright’s ministry has extended far beyond the 400 W. 95th Street address in Chicago, Illinois. Trinity Church tithes its annual budget each year by giving one tenth of its revenues to other churches, other agencies and denominational missions (as well as world missions).

In 2005 alone, Trinity gave $100,000 to the UCC denominational effort to help the evacuees displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In addition to that $100,000, Trinity Church gave another $199,000 to Dillard University to help rebuild that school historically related to the United Church of Christ. Dillard was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to supporting mission work in Liberia, Haiti, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil and South Africa, Trinity makes a tremendous investment in higher education (in general) and theological education (in particular) each year. Trinity church has given over $300,000 to the United Negro College Fund and $325,000 in scholarships to graduating high school members who are college bound.

Trinity Church incidentally, under Pastor Wright, has ordained 38 seminary graduates. Trinity currently has 65 additional members in accredited seminaries throughout the country. Trinity Church makes an annual investment in excess of $300,000 to its members who are students in accredited seminaries.

In addition to supporting individual members who are in seminary, Trinity has also "birthed" four new congregations in the United Church of Christ – two in Atlanta, one in Gary, Indiana and one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Four of the new pastors serving those new congregations were sons and daughters of Pastor Wright. They went to seminary with Trinity Church paying for over $21,000 for each student’s graduate school work, and they were all ordained by Pastor Wright after completing seminary.

In addition to theological education, Trinity Church has been supporting missions in Ghana, West Africa, in Bahia on Brazil, in Guguletu and in Durban, South Africa for over a decade. Trinity Church opened a Computer School in Saltpond, Ghana in the summer of 2000!

In August of 2003, Pastor Wright was enstooled by the Ga-Dangme People of Ghana as Chief Afotey Oblum, II. Seventy-six members of the church accompanied Pastor Wright to Ghana for the enstoolment. Thirty African Americans from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Pastor Wright’s home), also were in Ghana to witness his enstoolment.

Pastor Wright was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award by the Howard University Board of Trustees in March of 2004. The Howard University Board of Trustees recognized him as their leading alumnus in the field of Religion and Theological Education!

Pastor Wright’s personal, pastoral and ministry philosophy have been shaped by his mother and father, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. and Dr. Mary Henderson Wright. He gives thanks to God for having had parents who showed him by their living what the gospel of Jesus Christ really means.

He now shares those lessons with his wife, Ramah Reed Wright, his four daughters, his son and his three grandchildren!














Rev. Dr. Linda W. Bryan is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh is the centering point in her spiritual life. There, as a disciple of Christ, Dr. Bryan serves as Associate Minister, Minister of the Elders and Christian education teacher. Her full time ministry is Shaw University Divinity School where she serves as Assistant Dean.

As an ordained Baptist preacher, Dr. Bryan was the first woman licensed to preach the gospel at the historic Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC in November 1987. She is an author of special occasion litanies and various articles. She is editor of The PETRA Model, contributing author to Affirming A Future With Hope, and is completing work on her book. She has served as co-producer and co-host of the weekly television program "Issues of Life".

Her community service includes a number of capacities over the years. To name a few, the YWCA planning committee, Wake County Public Schools Curriculum Development Committee, the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus Planning Committee, the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the Steering Committee for the Association of Doctor of Ministry Education and the Task Force for Poverty and Homelessness in Wake County. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke University, the Steering Committee for Chief Academic Officers Society, and board member for Daughters of Zion Ministry and Touching Lives Ministry. Her most recent project includes the Health Education and Leadership Project at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta where she served on the Interseminary Curriculum Development Team. Dr. Bryan was instrumental in the successful development of a grant proposal which was funded by the State of North Carolina to develop an HIV/AIDS project at Shaw University Divinity School.

Dr. Bryan has earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Bryan is married to Deacon John F. Bryan III and they have three children. They desire above all to love God and to serve as change agents for the people of God.















Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth is the esteemed pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio, where he has served faithfully for the last twenty-eight years. Dr. Booth is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of William Booth and the late Hazel Booth-Sutton. He began his first pastorate in 1970 at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA, where he served for seven years. In 1978, he was called to be Senior Pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Booth was the youngest Pastor called to both of these churches.

Dr. Booth received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University, Washington, DC. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Eastern Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Booth received his Doctor of Ministry Degree (Proctor Fellow) from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Under the leadership of Dr. Booth, the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church completed a 2.1 million dollar building program and is currently looking to begin work on a Family Life Center. Dr. Booth is also the founder of the Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy (GSFCA), named in honor of its first administrator, which opened its doors in September 1993. The Academy currently has grades kindergarten through fifth. The curriculum stresses excellence in academics, African and African-American History and Christian education. The GSFCA is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education.

A past recipient of The Vertner Woodson Tandy Award for dedicated community service, Dr. Booth is committed to bettering Columbus neighborhoods and helping to provide safe havens for children and families. In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Booth led several peace marches throughout surrounding communities and led a bold campaign to close down crack houses and combat violence.

In addition to providing pastoral leadership to the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Dr. Booth currently serves as Professor of Preaching, Trinity Lutheran Seminary - Columbus, Ohio and as a Doctoral Mentor at United Theological Seminary. Dr. Booth has traveled the world preaching and teaching the Gospel. He has received many significant invitations, honors and awards including being listed on Ebony Magazine’s "Honor Roll of Preachers."

A former member of the Advisory Board Member of The African American Pulpit, Dr. Booth’s written contributions can be found in many resources. In 2000 through Urban Ministries, Dr. Booth published his first book titled, Bridging the Breach: Evangelical Thought and Liberation in the African-American Preaching Tradition.


















Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, located in urban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Reverend Curtis accepted the call to ministry at the age of 17. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Pastor Curtis serves on the Board of the Urban League of Pittsburgh, is a member of the African American Leadership Committee. Reverend Curtis is the current President of the Hampton University Ministers= Conference. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of the United Theological Seminary and is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Reverend Curtis is married to the former Christine Y. Richardson, and they are the proud parents of one lovely daughter, Houston.

















Rev. Dr. Joel C. Gregory is Professor of Preaching at Truett Seminary and Distinguished Fellow of Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. He is founder and president of Joel Gregory Ministries. He is the author of five books and co-author of two. Among other pastorates, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas and Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth. He served for years as the speaker on the International Baptist hour, heard on more than 500 stations. In 2005 he spoke in 22 states at 25 national and regional conferences as well as 36 local churches. This summer he will teach Proclaimers Place at Oxford University. He is a graduate Baylor University with a B.A. Summa cum Laude and Ph.D. He also was graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the M.Div., where he also taught preaching. Dr. Gregory has spoken in 46 states as well as in Europe, the Middle-East, the Pacific Rim, Middle and South America. He has taught preaching or preached in venues so diverse as Princeton Seminary, Spurgeon’s College, London, Westminster Chapel, London and the International Seminary or Buenos Aires, among hundreds of other engagements.

















Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. has served as the fifth Senior Minister of the 2,400-member Riverside Church in New York City since 1989. Prior to that, Dr. Forbes was Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary.

He is known as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive career and charismatic style. In 1995, Newsweek recognized him as ‘one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.’

Dr. Forbes was featured on Bill Moyers’ Speaking to Power in 2003 and in 2004, keynoted the Let Justice Roll tour sponsored by the NCCC. Dr. Forbes addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

He earned his degrees from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, and Howard University, and has been awarded many honorary degrees, as well, having spoken at Harvard, Yale, and the White House.

Born in Burgaw, North Carolina, Dr. Forbes is married to Bettye Franks Forbes. They have a son, James A. Forbes III.


















Rev. Dr. Kevin Wayne Cosby is a man highly favored of God. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 15, 1958. He received a clear call to ministry at a very early age. His earliest childhood memories are of his fervent desire to become a preacher. He fondly remembers preaching at the tender age of six, from a small pulpit built by one of the church trustees, at the request of his grandfather, Rev. Benjamin James Miller. Dr. Cosby’s pulpit playtime, was the first training ground for his dynamic "practical living" biblical teaching ministry. God’s call on his life later led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Cosby has served St. Stephen Church as senior pastor, and the Louisville metropolitan community, since 1979. Under his anointed leadership, the church has grown from 500 to over 10,000 members and in the July/August 2005 issue of Outreach Magazine, was listed as one of the top 100 largest churches in America. In the words of Emerge Magazine, St. Stephen Church is "One of the six super churches of the South". During Dr. Cosby’s tenure, the church has helped improve the condition of the surrounding neighborhoods and their resident’s lives, by building a 1,500 seat worship center; erecting one of the premier family life centers in the country; purchasing and converting the former only Black owned and operated, Simmons University property into a multi-purpose life enrichment center; establishing transitional housing for recovering addicts, and purchasing and demolishing neighborhood liquor stores and nightclubs. Dr. Cosby also followed God’s guidance and led St. Stephen Church into the planting and building of a new church, and 1,000 seat worship/prayer retreat center, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in the fall of 2004.

"Where God guides, God provides", one of Dr. Cosby’s favorite quotes, is an expression of his life. The "fruits" of his obedience to God are visible to all.

Dr. Cosby’s amazing life journey with God, has allowed him to achieve the stuff that dreams are made of.

A staunch proponent of education, Dr. Cosby was recently elected as the 13th President of Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville, KY (formerly Simmons Bible College), one of the oldest Black owned and operated colleges in the nation.

Dr. Cosby uses his exceptional God given oratory and teaching skills to lecture in colleges and universities throughout the world. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministries at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a former Kentucky State University Trustee Board member.

Notable organizations have honored Dr. Cosby. He has received the WAVE-TV S.T.E.P. (Service Through Excellent Performance) Award; The U.S. Dept. of Commerce- Minority Business Development Agency’s Regional Minority Business Advocate Award; Louisville Metro Government’s M. L. King, Jr. Freedom Award; International Association of Business Communicators – Kentucky Chapter and the Public Relations Society of America – Bluegrass Chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award; the Catholic Education Foundation, Inc. Community Service Award; the Long Run Baptist Association’s Clarence Jordan Award for exemplary application of the Gospel; the Lincoln Foundation Spirit of Excellence Award, and honorary doctorate degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY and Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville, KY.

In 2005, Greater Louisville Inc. (formerly the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce) awarded Dr. Cosby one of the first Passing the Torch awards. As one of Louisville’s pioneer leaders and most influential visionaries, Rev. Cosby’s life experiences and leadership insights have been captured in the book, Passing the Torch, for the edification of the next generation of leaders.

Dr. Cosby has been featured on the television show "48 Hours" in a documentary hosted by Dan Rather, and in a PBS (Public Broadcasting System) Special entitled, "The Issue is Race", hosted by Phil Donahue. He’s also been featured in the following magazines and newspapers:
• Jet Magazine
• The Atlanta Constitution
• The Baltimore Sun
• The Louisville-Courier Journal
• The Louisville Defender
• The Lexington Herald-Leader
• Louisville Magazine- cover story-September 1993
• Louisville Magazine- Ranked one of the "50 Most Powerful/Influential Louisvillians"-43rd in 1994 and 23rd in 2005.
• Leadership Journal- "Wing Walkers" (Six Key Leaders), Winter 1996
• Business First of Louisville, March 1997 issue and April 2000 issue.

Dr. Cosby has authored the following books: "Get off Your But! : Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American Church", "As They Went", "Treasure Worth Seeking", and the newly released, "Who’s Your Daddy: Life Lessons from the Prodigal Son", which has received superb reviews. He has also served as contributing author for the following publications: Black Baptist Sunday School Growth, No Other Help I Know: Sermons on Prayer and Spirituality, and The African American Pulpit Series.

A common thread found in Pastor Cosby’s teaching is that there is no "self-made" man. He says "Self-help is no help!" He consistently stresses that there is only one person that can help all of humanity, and that person is Jesus Christ. Any success achieved by Dr. Cosby, is always attributed to the hand of God, and to those people who have helped him along the way.

Just as "God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart, like the sand on the seashore." (1 Kings 4:29), so has God given these same qualities to Pastor Cosby. He is truly a wise, compassionate, and loving servant of God.

Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner, and they are the parents of two adult children.





















Rev. Jasmin Sculark, better known as Rev. Jazz, is the Pastor of the historical 100+ year old Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in York PA. She is the first female to be called to pastor a Baptist church in York PA.

Rev. Jazz is a native of the Island of Trinidad and Tobago. Rev. Jazz accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at a very early age and shortly after accepted God’s calling upon her life and went into full time ministry.

She has been blessed by God and received a second invitation to come back and preach in Nigeria in 2006 following her first invitation in October of 2004. She has also traveled in September 2004 to visit and preach the Gospel in her native land, Trinidad.

Rev. Sculark is obedient to God’s Word to "study to show thyself approved". In August 2005, she began studying at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree in the Booth, Scott and Williams Doctoral Group.

Rev. Jazz was an Associate at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus OH in 1999-2002 and served as the Minister of Ministry Development.

She is a graduate of the Practical Bible College in Vestal, NY; a graduate of the Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD and received her Masters in Theological Studies at the Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus OH. Rev. Jazz is currently a doctoral candidate at the United Theological Seminary for the Doctor of Ministry

She was licensed to Preach the Gospel on February 4, 1992 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Washington DC and received her Certificate of Ordination July 11, 1999 at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus OH.

Her professional affiliations and community activities include being a board member for such notable organizations as the Coalition of 100 Black Women of York PA, Access York, South George Community Partnership, Advisory Board Member for The African American Pulpit; serves on the board of the Junior League of York, PA; serves on the cabinet of the Hampton Ministers’ Conference and former member of the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center.

To name a few of her publications, honors and accomplishments:

  • Featured on the Trinity Broadcasting Network – January 2006
  • Recognized and preached as one of the new voices emerging at the June 2006 Hampton Ministers’ Conference
  • Nominated by Judson Press as one of the "20-to-Watch Young Preachers in the New Millennium"
  • Her sermon, "Don’t Worry, Be Happy" was featured in African American Pulpit, Judson Press, Summer 2004
  • Ebony Woman of the Month, April 2004, by The Heritage News
  • Radio Ministry - 106.3FM in Columbus OH 2001-2002
  • Publication, "Making Something Out of Nothing" – African American Pulpit, Volume 1, Number 5, 1999
  • Awarded the Joe Blunt Youth Excellence Award, 1992
  • Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to Ministry in the Urban Community from the Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary, May 25, 1991
  • Named "Who's Who Among American Students?" 1989-1990

Daughter of Thunder Ministry, Inc.                                                                                                                                              Reverend Sculark is the founder and president of the Daughter of Thunder Ministry that assists the local church in providing holistic, life changing ministries to youths, singles, young adults and women. She travels this country preaching and teaching the Word of God. She is actively involved in church conferences as preacher, workshop presenter, conference speaker and ministry consultant.

She stands as Esther - A Woman for such a time as this. Her greatest desire is to be found faithful in the task God has given her. Her life scripture is I Thessalonians 5:24





















Rev. Dr. Claude R. Alexander, Jr. has served as the Senior Pastor of University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1990. Born in Waterloo, Iowa and reared in Jackson, Mississippi, Pastor Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in Philosophy from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Pastor Alexander is an insightful speaker with a narrative style that enables worshippers in the congregation to put themselves into the biblical episode. Local and national civic organizations, as well as religious institutions have recognized this God-given gift. This gift has afforded him the opportunity to speak in a variety of capacities, such as:

  • 1999 Morning Worship Leader for the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference
  • Published in Outstanding Black Sermons, Volume 4
  • Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College
  • Appointed Vice-President of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference
  • Guest speaker for 2002 Bishop T. D. Jakes ManPower Conference in Charlotte
  • Guest speaker for Crusades in Kenya and Brazil

Pastor Alexander is a visionary. During his tenure at University Park Baptist Church or "The Park", the name members and visitors affectionately use, the church has grown dramatically both in numbers and in ministries.

  • One Church in Three Locations in the Charlotte area
  • Membership from less than 500 to more than 8,000
  • Under Pastor Alexander’s direction more than 80 ministries and services are now available at "The Park", which reflect the diversity of age groups and the needs and interests of the congregation and community

  • "The Park" has a full service Christian Bookstore at the main campus and The Park South

The church’s evangelistic scope has expanded to include a television ministry and a radio ministry. Pastor Alexander’s dynamic messages are broadcast nationally on The Word Network, The Inspiration Network and XM Radio. The church purchased 54 acres of land, and on April 15, 2001 University Park Baptist Church moved into its new $13 million sanctuary and Family Life and Wellness Center. The church purchased 46 acres in the South Charlotte area and dedicated The Park South sanctuary on August 22, 2004. Future plans include senior citizens bungalows and the development of a residential community.

Believing that the call of God includes a call to civic involvement and responsibility, Pastor Alexander has served in the following capacities:

  • Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Urban League
  • Board of Directors of the United Way
  • Board of Directors of the Arts and Science Council
  • Co-Chair of Community Building Initiative for the Foundation for the Carolinas
  • The N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee

Recent honors and recognitions:

  • Ranked as one of seven to watch by The Charlotte Observer
  • Named by The Charlotte Post as Newsmaker of the Year for 2006
  • Ranked among the 75 most influential persons in Charlotte by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the City of Charlotte
  • Received the FBI Community Service State Award

Pastor Alexander is married to Minister Kimberly Nash Alexander, a speech and language pathologist at Morehead Elementary School and a Sales Director for Mary Kay. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Camryn René and Carsyn Richelle.




















Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson is the Senior Pastor of Concord Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY.

Profoundly spiritual, deeply dedicated, talented visionary, and skillful leader are but a few phrases used to describe the illustrious Senior Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ.

Dr. Gary V. Simpson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is the son of the late Reverend Rufus N. Simpson and Mrs. Mary H. Simpson Price. He answered the call to the ministry while a youth and preached his first sermon at the age of fifteen at the Southfield Community Baptist Church. Dr. Simpson was ordained at age 20 by the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association in August, 1983.

After completing elementary and high school in Columbus, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University, with a BA degree in Religion and Black Studies (1984); and received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York (1987). Successful completion of his dissertation "Breath in Bones: A Preaching and Teaching Program for Leadership Derived from Ezekiel 37:1-14 that Enhances Structure and Strength in an Historic, Urban, African-American Congregation" earned him a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1995).

In 1984, he came to The Concord Baptist Church while a student at Union and remained on staff as an Associate Pastor until 1989 when he was called to the pastorate of Calvary Baptist Church, Morristown, New Jersey, where he led that historic church into a renaissance that still remains a vibrant ministry today. Dr. Simpson returned to Concord as Senior Pastor in October 1990 and continues to preside over the 4000 congregation and such community outreach ministries as the Concord Baptist Elementary School, Concord Seniors Residence, Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Concord Home Services for the Elderly, Concord Federal Credit Union, Concord Clothing Exchange, Concord Baptist Christfund, Concord Family Services, and the Concord Community Development Corporation.

This renowned preacher has shared God’s Word extensively at churches and conventions throughout the United States; Panama City; the Republic of Panama; Pune, India; and the Bahamas. Student ministers have benefited from his vast knowledge when he: preached at Harvard Divinity School, Union and Drew Theological Seminaries, Morehouse and Manchester Colleges, and Denison University; served as Adjunct Professor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary; lectured at Union (New York) and Princeton (New Jersey) Theological Seminaries; gave the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lectures, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany,1997; and the Howard Moody Lecture at Union, 2004;

In 2002, he was chosen by the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, Indiana to create and implement a Pastoral Residency Program for young seminary graduates at the Church. Under his leadership, Concord is one of a handful of churches across the country serving as a teaching congregation for young pastors. The Lilly Foundation was so impressed by the results, that it extended its five-year grant to ten years.

Committed to the development and nurture of the pastoral call, Dr. Simpson currently serves as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Drew University Theological Seminary and

mentors four full-time pastoral residents at Concord. Unofficially, he has quite a network of "little brothers and sisters" in the pastorate throughout the nation who seek him out for counsel and prayer.

His numerous religious affiliations include: Chair, The Fund for Theological Education; Chair, Long Range Planning Committee – Progressive National Baptist Convention; Board member, Denison University, Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM); former Board Member, Union Theological Seminary (NY); Advisory Board member, African American Pulpit; and member, American Baptist Churches, and New York Council of Churches. He demonstrates the theme, "Concord Cares" through support and membership in the following civic and community organizations: Allocations Committee, United Way of Metropolitan New York, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Brooklyn Borough President Transition Committee.

His literary works have been published in the The Circuit Rider, Preaching Today, Chicago Divinity School Press, The Denisonian, Upscale Magazine, National Chronicle of Philanthropy, Leadership Journal, and Time Out New York Magazine.

In addition to his preaching and teaching gifts, Pastor Simpson (he prefers to be called) is an accomplished musician who sings; plays both piano and organ; and is a composer and lyricist. At his Eleventh Celebrated Pastoral Anniversary (March 2002), he and members of the Concord Praise and Worship Team performed music from an original piece, "The Pastor’s Hymnal: Ten Songs of Praise and Thanks to Encourage and Strengthen Pastors and People.

He is married to the Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson, Pastor of Programs, at The Concord Baptist Church of Christ. They have three wonderful children, Candace Yonina, David Michael, and Jordan Elizabeth.



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