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Reverend Samuel Tolbert has ...
Reverend Samuel Tolbert has a distinguished career in serving his community in various civic and religious leadership capacities.
He has served as the pastor of Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, LA since 1984.
He has served as the President of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention since 2005 and was recently elected as the 15th President of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
Reverend Tolbert has also served the City of Lake Charles as well as the State of Louisiana in numerous roles beginning in 1989 when he served as Commissioner for the Lake Charles Housing Authority before being elected to the Lake Charles City Council, a position he held for 12 years.
made history in 2000 when he
became the first African American candidate to make the runoff for Mayor, losing the election by only a small margin.
Beyond supporting his
local community of Lake Charles
, Reverend Tolbert
has been a key figure at the state level as well.
In 2003, he was appointed to the transition team for Governor-Elect Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D).
served on the board of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation
from 2006 - 2008 under Governor Blanco.
In 2007, he was appointed to the transition team for Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal.
is currently serving his
second appointment by Governor Jindal on the Southern University Board of Supervisors.
Reverend Tolbert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College, Dallas, TX; Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA; Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH; and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Stephen Olford Center at Union University, Memphis, TN.
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, ...
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr.
1st Vice President
Delegates to the 2014 Family Faith ...
Delegates to the 2014 Family Faith Fest of the National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc., have elected Lake Charles, La., native Pastor Samuel C. Tolbert Jr. as the 15th president of the convention.
Samuel Tolbert, pastor of the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church of Lake Charles, La., defeated incumbent president Stephen Thurston of Chicago and George Brooks of Nashville, Tenn., in a three-way race, according to a press release.
Tolbert, 55, is former general secretary of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., and since 2005 has led as president the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions State Convention.
He is a graduate of Bishop College in Dallas with a master of divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and is pursuing a D.Min. at the Stephen Olford Center at Union University in Memphis, Tenn.
Elected to a five-year term, Tolbert
will pursue an agenda of renewal, reconciliation and revitalization among active, inactive and former members.
"The Lord has put it on my heart and given me the ability to organize our convention for effectiveness and efficiency as we move forward to serve this present age with purpose and power," Tolbert
And on Monday evening - Rev. Tolbert was already working on getting another New Member Church: the LA Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ (COGIC). [They joined the LIC the next day!
Way to go Rev. Tolbert!]
Rev. Sam Tolbert of La Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention, and Immediate Past President of LIC, with Elder Leon Benjamin of the Church of God in Christ (LA Jurisdiction).
Rev. Sam Tolbert (LHFMBSC); Rev. Dan Krutz (EDOLA/Executive Director of LIC); & Dr. Larry Cross (LHFMBSC).
Rev. Sam Tolbert (LA Home & Foreign Mission Baptist
Jan. 15, 2015 Press Release from Circle of Protection - Christian Leaders Challenge Presidential Candidates to Focus on Ending Hunger, Poverty
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., President, National Baptist Church of America, Inc.