Spiritual Renewal Week held at First Baptist Church

Nationally recognized Fisk University graduate Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby will headline Spiritual Renewal Week services at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, at 6 pm, Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18.

Rev. Cosby, senior pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, received the Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and English from Fisk University. He will be the featured preacher all three nights.

“The intent of this week of services is to help us to get from where we are to where God needs us to be,’’ Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, said recently. “Too often we are not honest with ourselves of our displacement.

“These services will challenge us and convict us to be better Christians.’’

While encouraging the general public to attend the church’s Spiritual Renewal Services, which are free, Rev. Smith also wants to remind the public that throughout this year, First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The theme of the yearlong celebration is ‘From Generation To Generation (Remembering, Rejoicing, Refocusing, Rededicating).’ Various events will be held throughout the year, with regular Sunday services beginning at 10 am.

Meanwhile, Rev. Cosby, a native of Chicago, received the Master of Divinity degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.

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.

A member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Rev. Cosby currently 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.

Rev. Cosby has also become very sensitive to the spiritual needs of individuals. Therefore he focuses his ministry primarily, but not exclusively, toward people who are hurting—especially in the church.