By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFRO

2018  has been a great year for Gethsemane Baptist Church on Francis St., in West Baltimore; it’s the year they elected their new pastor, Rev. Donald Wright.

A native of Baltimore, Wright graduated from Dunbar High School in East Baltimore and the University of Baltimore, and is currently studying at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at the Virginia Union University of Richmond, Va.

For the past four years, he has served as the executive minister of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in East Baltimore. He says that his pastor, Dr. Reginald Thomas has been a wonderful example and source of inspiration for him.  “My pastor has been one of the greatest parts of my life. He not only is an amazing example of how to do ministry with integrity as a man of God, he also showed me how to be a responsible husband and adult,” Wright said. “When my father passed away in 2005 he became one of the most impactful voices in my life. Over these last 18 years he has been my pastor, a father and my boss. Needless to say, God has used my pastor to be a major blessing in my life. I know that if I can measure up to be half the pastor he has been then I’ll be headed in the right direction.”

The relationship between pastor and congregation is a special one, and Wright looks forward to beginning this journey with Gethsemane.   He believes that the role of pastor is a vital one in this day and age.  “The world that we live in has drifted far from the one that God created and called good. There is so much that needs to be addressed within our culture,” Wright said. “I believe that it is the role of the pastor to represent God to the people and reveal His truth and wisdom in the land.”

Rev. Wright will not be on this journey alone.  His wife, First Lady Sequoia Wright will be by his side.  She is a preacher as well, and a recent graduate of Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. and current student at Morgan State University studying for her Master of Public Health degree.

This new journey, between pastor and people, will begin November 11th at 11 a.m.

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