"Preach at all times, if necessary use words..." ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Instructing, Inspiring and Illuminating the Community of Christ
We are a "Lighthouse of Our Lord"; for scripture (Matthew 5:14-16) reminds us that we are the light of the world and a town built on a hill cannot be hidden...so let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify our Father in Heaven.
A lighthouse is a tower built on or near the shore with a powerful bright light that emits a continuous signal to navigators and passing ships. As individuals of all walks of life travel upon stormy seas of life; First Baptist Church East End is " a Lighthouse" that will help direct us throughout the night as we pray for guidance towards the peaceful shores of glory. As a "Lighthouse of Our Lord", we are committed to instructing, inspiring and illuminating the Community of Christ.
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven."
Matthew 5: 14-16
The Reverend Doctor Gregory M. Howard is a native of Lancaster, Virginia and currently resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Dr Howard is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News where he promotes kingdom-like living by unconditionally loving God and all of God’s people. Pastor Howard has also served as Pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield and Jerusalem Baptist Church in Sparta, Virginia. In addition, Dr. Howard is the Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Howard is also the President of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.
Pastor Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Development (Bluefield College), Master of Divinity degree (Virginia Union University), and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics (Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, MO). He is the author of Black Sacred Rhetoric: The Gospel According to Religious Folk Talk and Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness: Theological Reflections Where Context Matters. Civically, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,
Above all, Pastor Howard loves God and the challenge of helping others see God’s grace in their own lives by proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Rev. Howard believes that we have been blessed with life and created in the image of God to be with and for one another; therefore, he strives to tear down the many obstacles that keep us from coming together in godly communion. Dr Howard shares the joy of four children with his wife, the Reverend Kimberly Gonxhe.