Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, senior pastor of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas (who received the Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and English from Fisk University) will be the featured speaker on Monday, March 31; Tuesday, April 1; and Wednesday, April 2; during revival services at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill.
Each night’s services, which are open to the public, begin at 6 pm. The historic First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, is located at 625 Rosa Parks Boulevard. The church is pastored by Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr.
“We invite and encourage everyone to attend,’’ Rev. Smith said recently.
Since his early youth, Rev. Cosby has been actively involved in the work of the church. He was licensed to preach and ordained to the Christian ministry at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill. his hometown.
He has a Master of Divinity degree in homiletics and Christian education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Inter-denominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Ga. and the Doctor of Ministry degree in homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Ill.
While at ITC, Rev. Cosby was chosen as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America and was awarded the Isaac R. Clark Preaching Award. In 2001, The African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African American preachers across the country, selected him to be included on their inaugural ‘Twenty to Watch’ list and has subsequently published several of his sermons.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Currently, Rev. Cosby serves as a member of the board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit; and the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He has served on the board of directors of the Houston Area Urban League, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an advisory board member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.
Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Rev. Cosby, none are more meaningful and fulfilling to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the nation and on the ‘mother continent’ of Africa.
He has lectured, preached and taught in numerous conferences, conventions, retreats, revivals and on university and seminary campuses. He has become very sensitive to the spiritual needs of individuals, and therefore, focuses his ministry primarily (but not exclusively) toward people who are hurting–especially in the church.
Rev. Cosby seeks to empower and uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising word of God.
Meanwhile, Rev. Smith formerly served as executive director of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA , Inc., from 2007-2013. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Sr., and Dr. Alice C. Smith Risby. He was born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, and reared in Nashville where he was baptized in 1961.
He was licensed to preach in 1974 and in 1979 was ordained at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill during the 33-year tenure of his father serving as pastor.
Rev. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Morehouse College in 1976, and later attended the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theo-logical Center (ITC) in Atlanta, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1983. In 1993, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1984, Rev. Smith began a six-year tenure as pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Nashville. He accepted the pastorate of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Knoxville in 1991. During his 19-year administration at Mt. Olive, the church experienced tremendous spiritual, numerical and financial growth.
Among the ministries established at Mt. Olive are a preschool called the Garden of Discovery Learning Center, and a music school called The Mt. Olive Music Academy.
In June 2010, Rev. Smith accepted the call to return to Nashville and became the 19th pastor of his home church: First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill. He was officially installed Nov. 21, 2010.
As pastor and spiritual leader, Rev. Smith places a high priority on stewardship, advocating that one tithe personal time, talent and treasure while seeking a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Rev. Smith is a gifted and spiritual orator who possesses the skills, talents and abilities not only to advocate for First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, but also to empower members to expand the mission of the church throughout the Nashville community and the world.