A native of Albany, Georgia, Dr. West holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Theology from United Baptist College and Seminary, and a Doctorate in Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. Dr. West holds the distinct honor of being one of the first students of color to receive a full four-year athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia.
The fruit of his dedicated leadership and biblically-based preaching and teaching is evident as the Lord continues to challenge him to lead the congregation to do greater and more wonderful works!
Pastor West has expanded his ministry beyond the walls of the Mount Airy Baptist Church. In addition to his role as Senior Pastor, he is immediate former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference and a former president of the National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington, DC, and Vicinity. He currently serves as a fund advisor to the Joshua Fund, an organization that provides funding opportunities for persons who live in Census Tract 47. Dr. West is very active in the Northwest One community. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and a life member of the NAACP.
Dr. West is married to his college sweetheart, Gwen, and they are the proud parents of two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three wonderful grandsons.