The Reverend Doctor Gregory M. Howardis a native of Lancaster, Virginia and currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is the proud father of two daughters, Destiny and Holli. Dr. Howard is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News, Virginia where he promotes kingdom-like living by unconditionally loving God and all of God’s people. Prior to leading the FBCEE congregation, Pastor Howard served as Pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia and Jerusalem Baptist Church in Sparta, Virginia.
Pastor Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Howard earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University. He was honored as a 2009 Joe R. Engle Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Policy. He is the author of Black Sacred Rhetoric: The Theology and Testimony of Religious Folk Talk and Voices Crying Out in The Wilderness: Contemporary Theologies of Preaching, both published by BorderStone Press. Dr. Howard is also an adjunct instructor at Virginia Union University and its Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Civically, he is the President of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, Board Member of Habitat for Humanity--Peninsula, and 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.
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
"Preach at all times, if necessary use words..." ~ Saint Francis of Assisi