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 Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Speech Education. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio and was awarded honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry degree candidate at the Stephen Olford Center at Union University, Jackson, Tennessee.
Reverend Tolbert is a recognized civic leader. He served as a commissioner for the Lake Charles Housing Authority, a representative of District “A” on Lake Charles City Council, 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 Boards of Trustees for Florida Memorial University and Morehouse College School of Religion.
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 more than 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; First Vice President of the Southwest Missionary Baptist Association; President of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention; as the Coordinator of North American Disaster Relief for Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention; and First Vice President and General Secretary of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. He currently serves as Vice-President, North American Baptist Fellowship Region of the World Baptist Alliance; President of Greater St. Mary Community Development Foundation; President & CEO, Strategic Faith Leadership Ministries.
Reverend Tolbert's accomplishments reflect his dedication to faith, education and service. On June 25, 2014, he was elected the 15th President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. in a landslide victory. 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''. 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.