Reverend Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., MDIV.
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. was born August 1, 1958 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and graduated from Washington High school in 1976. A graduate of the Historically Black Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Speech Education. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary and a Masters from Payne Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry at Stephen Olford Center at Union University in Memphis, TN.
Reverend Tolbert is a recognized civic leader. He served as a commissioner for the Lake Charles Housing Authority for 4 years, a representative of District “A” on Lake Charles City Council for 12 years, and as a member of the board of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation. Currently, Reverend Tolbert serves on the board of supervisors for the Southern University System and on the Board of Trustees of Florida Memorial University and Morehouse Colleges’ School of Divinity.
A devout man of faith, Reverend Tolbert has dedicated himself to a life of religious servitude. He formerly pastored the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Cameron Louisiana and has served as Pastor of the Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La. for the past 30 years.
Reverend Tolbert has held a number of positions in the faith community including serving as a member of the Board of Trustee’s at Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, Former President of the Louisiana Inter-Church Conference, Vice-President, North American Baptist Fellowship, Division of the World Baptist Alliance, First Vice President of the Southwest Missionary Baptist Association, President of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention, and First Vice President and General Secretary of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Reverend Tolbert also currently serves as President of Greater St. Mary Community Development Foundation, the president & CEO Strategic Faith Leadership Ministries, and as the Coordinator of Disaster Relief - North America for Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention.
Reverend Tolbert's accomplishments reflect his dedication to his faith, education and service. On June 25, 2014, in a landslide victory, he was elected the 15th President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. With over 3.5 million members worldwide, the National Baptist Convention of America is an organization that seeks to “positively impact and influence the spiritual, educational, social, and economic conditions of all humankind''. Rev. Tolbert is also a member of the National Board of the NAACP. Immediately after his election, Rev. Tolbert began leading the NBCA to push “a Christ-centered urban agenda.”
Rev. Tolbert is married to Matilda E. Tolbert and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Candace Latrice and Kayla Monique.