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.