The National Baptist Convention USA (the oldest and largest black Baptist organization, with about 7 million members) will elect a new president at their annual session, Sept. 1-5, in New Orleans. Below are the nominees who have stated their intention to run for the office.
President and Founder of the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc., Past-President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an Auxiliary of the 7.5 million member National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; Member, Board of Trustees for two Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Fl; and Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL; Former Board of Trustees Member of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University; President and CEO of Live Communications, Inc., the parent company of the Capital Outlook Newspaper and WTAL Radio Station; Recipient of Numerous Awards and Honors
His Ministry: Thirty-five years in the ministry: Pastor of First Timothy Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL for 10 years; Presently, Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church for 25 years – one of the leading and largest churches in Florida with approximately 5,000 members. Spiritual leader of intergenerational family-based ministries: Infants, Children, Youth, Singles, Married Couples, Young Adults, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Collegiates, Retirees, Military, Young Mothers Mentoring Ministry; G.R.O.W.T.H., Sunday School, B.T.U., Prayer Ministry, etc. Founder and Executive Officer of Bethel Christian Academy (Tallahassee) and W.C. Henderson Christina Academy in Canton, Ohio; Founder of Steele-Collins Charter Middle School, Bethel Towers, Carolina Oaks, Bethel Family Restaurant (Roly-Poly Franchise), Bethel Family Credit Union, Bethel Family Counseling Center, Carolina Oaks Subdivision, Bethel Family Life Center, Bethel Strip Mall, etc.
Author: The Private Christian School in the African American Church: It Is Needed
Contributing Author: Marriage Matters: It’s God’s Will; Singles: Strengthened, Secured and Spirit-Filled
Family Matters: Son of the late Deacon and Mrs. R. B. (Lucille Johnson) Holmes, Sr. Married for 29 years to Dr. Gloria Price Holmes; father of three; grandfather of two.
Reverend Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. was born in Philadelphia and reared in New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland State College; the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He received the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Boston School of Theology in Boston, MA and has studied at Regents Park College in Oxford, England and Baptist Theological Seminary, in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He has served as the Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte since January, 1983.
He led a delegation to form a solid partnership with the Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa for Friendship to partner in the purchase and building of a fully equipped Christian educational center for grades Kinder-garten through High School. In addition to the school in Mabopane, under Dr. Jones’ leadership, a farm was purchased and three greenhouses were built to grow vegetables for sale and a brick making machine for building houses and business offices in an effort to create economic interdependence.
He has organized and led numerous medical and religious mission teams of preachers, doctors, nurses, technicians and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies and educational training in Jamaica, Africa, and Guyana, South America for children and families struggling in poverty.
God’s blessings have truly been manifested upon Pastor Jones’ gifts and talents and the Friendship family with the ownership of 108.5 acres on which our current church resides at 3400 Beatties Ford Road. This land is also being developed to provide an Intergenerational Day Care, Commercial Block, Assisted-Living for Seniors, Alzheimer’s Center, Hospice, Single Family Dwellings, Park Shelter, Amphitheater, Offices and more.
He has been a strong supporter of senior citizen programs and under his leadership, Friendship provided the first satellite center for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers, offering exercise and other classes for older citizens living in the area. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers recognized Pastor Jones in April of 2001 as a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award because of his contributions and leadership in making our community a better place to live, work, worship and raise a family.
His published works can be found in the following books: From Proclamation To Practice: A Unique African American Approach To Stewardship, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA.; How Can I Find God?, Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1997; Consuming Passion:Christianity and the Consumer Culture, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1998; From Brother to Brother, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, Becoming and Practicing What It Means To Be A Christian, AK Classics, 2011 and The Star Book of Stewardship, Judson Press, 2012.
He is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. Dr. and Mrs. Jones are the proud parents of three children, Reverend Michelle A. Jones, Pastor C. Anthony Jones, Jr. and Alexa Mariah Fortune-Jones. Clifford Jones is a ‘man called to preach the gospel’. He has preached on five continents notably Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. In his own words, “The joy of preaching about the Lord increases with each opportunity…a calmness moves in my life and increases as I grow closer and have a deeper understanding of the Word of God and have experiences with Him.”
At the tender age of fifteen, the Reverend Dr. Boise Kimber was called to the Gospel ministry, and has remained steadfast to that call. In 1986, he became pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, having served four congregations prior. Under his spirited and energetic leadership for the last 28 years, First Calvary Baptist Church remains committed to loving, teaching, preaching and reconciliation. It is a vibrant ministry with a full-time staff and strong Christian Education and Mission ministries. He is also pastor of the First Calvary Baptist Church in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Kimber has served, unceasingly, in the life and the work of the Baptist denomination for the expansion of the Kingdom of God on the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as president of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, an alliance of approximately eighty churches. As a visionary president, he launched the Christian Leadership School, an accredited four-year Christian Education degree program. From 1984-1994, Dr. Kimber has continuously labored for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. as an Administrative Assistant. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors. In addition, Dr. Kimber serves as a staff member for the Institute of Church Administration and Management at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Kimber’s community activist voice serves as the clarion call for social justice in not only Connecticut, but also the nation. He has actively worked to address issues of housing development, police brutality and profiling, workers rights, and a myriad of social issues affecting African Americans and all oppressed people in the city of New Haven and across the nation. Locally, Dr. Kimber is President Emeritus of the Greater New Haven Clergy Association, a Consultant to the office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Center at Southern Connecticut State University, a Fire Commissioner for the City of New Haven, a Director for Aids Interfaith Network, Inc., an advisor to local labor unions, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Nationally, he serves as Director of the National Action Network, Inc., the Conference of National Black Churches, and as Executive Director of the Social Justice Initiative.
In 1981, he completed his undergraduate studies at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in 1997, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Life from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. In May 2001, he completed his Doctorate Degree in Ministry at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His approved dissertation title was “Developing a Social Justice Consciousness in a Local Congregation”.
Dr. Kimber summarizes his life in this way: “I believe I was always destined to be a preacher. The emerging Black Churches need preachers who will respond to the constant challenges we face. I have gratefully followed the path which the Lord set for me, so I can follow in His footsteps and lead His people to liberation.” Dr. Kimber is married to the former Shevalle Turner and is the proud father of Pamela, Danielle, LaShawn, Sherine, Ronald, Shevalle and Savion.
- Senior Pastor, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church – 30 years
- Director, Office of Disaster Management – National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
- Founder and President, Succour Foundation (Haiti Missionary Support Group) – Organization established to render spiritual and humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti.
- Senior Fellow, Department of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
- National Liason for Homeland Security – National Baptist Foundation
- National Committee Member – Faith Base Advisory
- Regional Vice President, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
- President, Texas State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc.
- Dean of the American Baptist College, Southeast Texas Extension
- Founding Member and Treasurer of the Black Pastors Association of Port Arthur
- President and Founder, GodFather Clubs of Port Arthur – Local organization founded to serve as a liaison between Black Pastors and law enforcement to help save the Black male youth.
- Board of Directors – Black Adoption Council of Southeast Texas, Inc. – Organization founded to help in the placement of Black youth in stable and loving Black homes.
- Past Moderator, Old Landmark Baptist District Association
- Past Chairman, Ministry and Community Justice Committee for Jefferson County Jail
- Past Member, Religious Advisory Committee for the Texas Department of Human Services
- Haiti Mission -provided leadership for 9 churches that offered primary and secondary education for the children in the community. Built and supported orphanages which housed more than 3,000 children.
- Established a fulltime Medical clinic employing 3 doctors and nursing staff.
- Provided the resources for digging water wells and water-filter systems.
- Helped build the Encouragers Bible Seminary in New Delhi, India
- Authored the book, “The Lord Is My Shepherd”, published 2008.
- The 10 People Who Made A World of Difference Award – 1991 – Award given to 10 persons in Jefferson County who made a significant difference in the betterment of the community
- Outstanding Service – Religious Advisory Committee for the Texas Department of Human Services – 1996
- Port Arthur Branch NAACP Freedom Award – 1994
- Outstanding Service – Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce – 1996
- Community Award – Golden Triangle Wiley College Alumni Club
- Numerous “Keys to the City”
- Quasquicentennial Citation President Award – Wiley College, Marshall, Texas – 1998 – (doctoral equivalent)
- National Register – Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals – 2000 –2001
- Honorary Doctorate – Encourager Bible College – New Delhi, India – 2003
Married: Brenda Calhoun Vaughn
Children: Lawrence, Brandi, Lionel and Jacoby
Grandchildren: Nine (9)
Pastor Jerry Young was born in Scott, Mississippi. One of ten children born to Reverend E.L. and Elizabeth Young, Jerry was raised alongside a diverse group of siblings, eight boys and two girls. He fondly recalls his life as a “preacher’s son”. Add growing up in the Mississippi Delta in the heart of the Civil Rights era, enduring the pains and struggles of several disappointments, and beating the odds of his predetermined failures, and it becomes increasingly clear why God called Pastor Young to the ministry at the tender age of seventeen. His service began at Mt. Tennia Baptist Church in Lamont, Mississippi and extended to him serving as pastor of St. John and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Churches, both in Greenville, Mississippi. Dr. Young has faithfully led the vibrant congregation of New Hope Baptist Church since 1980. He is the founder and headmaster of New Hope Christian Pre-School and New Hope Christian Elementary School, together serving 300+ students, from infants to 6th grade.
An avid scholar and life-long learner, Pastor Young attended Nugent Center High School in Bolivar County and went on to attain an Associate of Arts in Social Science from Coahoma Junior College in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Welfare from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he met and married the love of his life, Mrs. Helen Akins Young. With her support and encouragement, Pastor Young has earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Instilling the values of faith, education, and love, they are the proud parents of two daughters, Dr. Jerlen Nelson and Kelli Elizabeth (Benjamin) Hart. Adding to their life’s joy are their two adorable granddaughters, Linzee Elise Nelson and Lauryn Hailen Nelson, one grandson, Benjamin Jerron Hart, II and one step-grandson, Picasso Nelson, Jr.
Dr. Jerry Young has led his congregation to embrace a vision for ministry and missions. “Our vision is to touch our community with the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order that a Christian-world, and life view may permeate our communities.” With this global perspective in mind, Dr. Young’s major objective for the church is “…to glorify God through our commitment to help Christ fulfill His mission in the world.” Under his watchful care, Pastor Young has led New Hope to experience explosive growth physically, spiritually, and influentially for the cause of Christ. To date, the ministry is comprised of over three thousand members and forty-four ministries. As a mission- driven institution, New Hope excels in ministries and missions, from as close as the church’s backyard all the way to Honduras and Africa, with the visionary leadership of Dr. Young, coupled with the various talents and sacrifices of the church staff, administrative staff, and members of the body. He credits the “quality people who help me do ministry” with the effectiveness of the church’s call to answer. In the midst of a major capital campaign to build a new facility on the 24-acre property purchased around the corner from the present campus, Dr. Young provided inspiration for New Hope to adopt a new motto: “It takes teamwork to make the dream work!” “They make it happen”, he says. And indeed, from the young children to the seasoned adults, they are all on the team, making it happen.
Active in the community, Dr. Young has served on several local, state, and national boards and has been awarded numerous prestigious honors and awards. In addition, he is a regularly invited guest to speak/lecture at the various schools, colleges, and school districts throughout Mississippi and across the nation. A highly-skilled and sought-after minister, Dr. Young has had the opportunity to preach in pulpits across the country and has breached several racial and denominational lines, touching them with the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Presently, Dr. Young serves on the Board of Trustees at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as his alma mater, Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He is the immediate past President of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, Incorporated. He currently serves as the Vice President At-Large of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.