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In 1965, the keen eye of spiritual leaders in the City of Detroit launched a platform for Pastors, The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Inc. (The Council). This Baptist Body of pastoral leadership was developed believing in the need for the nurture, development, training, networking and spiritual support of pastors and ministers and the offering of leadership of social justice issues to the community-at-large. The Council uses its platform to recommend associate pastors by assisting and encouraging them in every field of Christian ministry and social change, to which the members are called to use their gifts to the glory of God.

Serving as The Council’s First President, The Reverend Roy Allen, Pastor of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, worked along with his First Vice-President, Reverend Roosevelt Williams, Pastor of the First Community Baptist Church and Second Vice-President, Reverend Charles Nicks, Sr., Pastor of the Peoples Baptist Church, formed the structure of The Council by developing its By-Laws and Constitution, implementing Committees that would provide an array of supportive services to pastors and their communities and strengthening its outreach efforts to attract other pastors with like-minded vision.

It was agreed by The Council that January through December, 1965 would be the organizing year and The Council would start its tenure years (a three-year term) with its leader, The Reverend Roy Allen. Reverend Allen provided strong leadership as he molded a pastoral body to empower itself and encourage personal and corporate involvement in social and political concerns in the communities The Council served. Reverend Allen stressed the importance that The Council must stay focused on those issues deemed strategic in carrying out the “Great Commission.”

Over the last fifty (50) years, many great Presidents have and are serving The Council and we remember their legacy in prayer and gratitude:

  • 1965-1968
    Reverend Roy Allen | Chapel Hill Baptist Church
  • 1969-1971
    Reverend Roosevelt William | First Community Baptist Church
  • 1972-1974
    Reverend Charles Nicks, Sr. | Peoples Baptist Church
  • 1975-1977
    Reverend Ozzie Clark | Northwest Unity Baptist Church
  • 1978-1980
    Reverend Dr. Odell Jones | Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
  • 1981-1983
    Reverend William Holly | Rising Star Baptist Church
  • 1984-1986
    Reverend Dr. Valmon D. Stotts | Unity Baptist Church
  • 1987-1989
    Reverend Charles Butler | New Calvary Baptist Church
  • 1990-1992
    Reverend Sampson Matthew | Mt. Hebron Baptist Church
  • 1993-1995
    Reverend Dr. Jim Holley | Little Rock Baptist Church
  • 1996-1998
    Reverend Edgar Vann | Second Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • 1999-2001
    Reverend Dr. Edward Branch | Third New Hope Baptist Church
  • 2002-2004
    Reverend Dr. Joseph Jordan | Corinthian Baptist Church
  • 2005-2007
    Reverend Dr. Samuel Bullock | Bethany Baptist Church
  • 2008-2010
    Reverend Dr. Oscar King, III | Northwest Unity Baptist Church
  • 2011-2013
    Reverend Dr. Michael Owens | Bethel Baptist Church, East
  • 2014-2016
    Reverend Dr. Lawrence Glass | El Bethel Baptist Church
  • 2016-2019
    Reverend Dr. Deedee M. Moore-Coleman | Russell Street Baptist Church
  • 2019-2022
    Reverend Dr. Steven Bland | Liberty Baptist Church
  • 2023 - present
    Reverend Richard R White III - Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Today, we continue to strive to keep the focus on which The Council has been built. The Council remembers its leaders and stand on their strength and legacy, to build better bridges of Hope in the communities where The Council serves.


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