Striving to be a more effective and prepared servant
From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.
I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the local church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the local church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.
FOUNDATIONS St. Louis
The Foundations in Ministry St. Louis Program is a One-Year Certificate in Ministry in Partnership between Central Baptist Theological Seminary(www.cbts.edu), Shawnee, Kansas and Third Baptist Church (www.third-baptist.org), St. Louis, MO.
The Foundations in Ministry Program is designed to offer a broad and rapid introduction to the basics of ministry for:
* persons who desire to enhance their skills for vocational ministry and/or
* interested lay persons wishing to improve preparations for service in volunteer dimensions of congregational ministries.
Through this program, you can earn a Certificate in Christian Ministry in less than a year by taking 10 rotating Courses between February 2013-November 2013.
Course Costs: 1 course =$50, all 10 courses=$500 (Textbooks extra). You can take one course or all 10 courses.
When are Courses Offered? One weekend per month: Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm
Can I take one course or all of them?You can take one course for $50 or take all 10 courses for $500 and earn a Certificate in Christian Ministry from an accredited institution.
Classes will be held at Third Baptist Church, 620 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103. For more details, call Third Baptist Church at (314) 533-7340.
New Testament Introduction- Rev. Dr. Donald Ray McNeal
Dr. McNeal finished high school at the age of 16, and subsequently completed his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree when he was 19 years of age. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He also earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. Dr. McNeal has served as an adjunct faculty member at Eden Theological Seminary and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.
He has been married to Deborah Denise Jackson McNeal for 38 years, and has three gifted and beautiful daughters: Syreeta LaShawn McNeal, Esq.; Janel Marie McNeal, and Dion Renee McNeal Lucas.
Dr. McNeal has served as pastor in multiple churches in Saint Louis, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri; and in Houston, Texas and in Ivan, Arkansas. He serves currently as the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri.
In addition to being a pastor and professor, Dr. McNeal is a licensed Texas and Federal Attorney at Law, with over 23 years of trial experience.
Pastoral Arts- Rev. Dr. F. Delano Benson
Dr. Benson is the pastor of The Antioch Baptist Church in St. Louis. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Benson has served as a Chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve, and has attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Benson is married to Brender, and is the father of Terrian and Auvorie.
The Missional Church- Rev. James Hill, Jr.
James Hill is the pastor of Southwest Baptist Church. The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, James holds Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and a Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his service with Southwest Baptist, James has served churches in Kansas City and Jefferson City, most recently as pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Hill has served with Southwest Baptist since April 2006. James is married to the former Ms. Tara McCoy and they have one son, Isaiah, who was born in December 2010.
Ministry Contextualization- Rev. Dr. Craig Scandrett-Leatherman
Craig Scandrett-Leatherman is an anthropologist, former pastor of a multicultural Free Methodist church, and poet. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Greenville College, a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, a Master of Divinity with an urban studies emphasis from North Park Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Kansas. Craig’s research focuses on ritual theory, African diaspora, Church of God in Christ cultural history, and medical anthropology. He has had chapters published in multiple books. Craig lived in Chicago for 17 years, pastoring and directing an urban studies program. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Beth. They have two children, Luke and Cara.
Proclamation (Preaching)- Rev. Dr. Warren Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman is the pastor of Third Baptist Church in St. Louis. He has served churches in the United States and Canada. Before accepting the call to Third Baptist Church, he served as pastor at Huron Shores Fellowship in Alpena, Michigan.
Dr. Hoffman earned the Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Homiletics from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Hoffman is married to Rev. Laura Hoffman.
Church Administration- Rev. Dr. Alice Price
Reverend Dr. Alice C. Price is the Executive Minister at Central Baptist Church (St. Louis, MO), where Reverend Dr. Robert C. Scott is the Senior Pastor. Dr. Price has a Ph.D. in American Studies from St. Louis University and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis). She’s ordained by American Baptist Churches, USA. She is a former Dean with the St. Louis Community College system, and has held adjunct faculty positions at Eden and at the Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary in Peki, Ghana.
Ministry Ethics/Pastoral Counseling- Rev. Laura Hoffman
Rev. Hoffman has previously served as a ministry staff member in several churches, as well as working as a staff hospital chaplain, and as a therapist in private practice.
Rev. Hoffman earned a Master of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Hoffman currently works as Middle School Team Leader for Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis.
Baptist Polity- Rev. Dr. Wilbert Goatley
Dr. Goatley is the pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. He earned the Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
He formerly worked as a Spiritual Care Coordinator at Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice in St. Louis.
Dr. Goatley contributes to his local community in several ways, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors for House of Refuge Ministries. He is also a member of the General Council, Baptist World Alliance.