Pastor at MLK’s home church to speak
Jan. 8, 2016
|The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock
The senior pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and a longtime
champion of civil rights will be the speaker for LaGrange College’s Martin Luther
King Jr. Day observance.
The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock will deliver his address at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14
at Callaway Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
President Dan McAlexander said the college is committed to hosting civil rights
leaders for its MLK Day events.
“We knew we set the bar high with our previous speakers, the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss
and Freedom Rider Hank Thomas,” he said.
“We are so excited to continue that by
presenting Dr. Warnock to not only our campus, but also LaGrange and Troup County.”
Dr. Warnock has been senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist since 2005, the youngest
person to serve in that position since the church’s founding in 1886.
Dr. King considered Ebenezer to be his spiritual home, said Dr. Marc Shook, associate
provost and dean of student engagement.
“He was baptized there, and both he and his father, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr.,
were pastors at Ebenezer Baptist,” he said. “Today the church is part of the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Historical Site.”
Dr. Warnock earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology cum laude from Morehouse
College and master’s degrees in divinity and philosophy and a Ph.D. in systematic
theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
His ties to Dr. King started early in his career when he served as an intern at
the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, Ala. He was ordained by the Rev.
Dr. John T. Porter, who served as Dr. King’s pulpit assistant at Dexter Avenue
Baptist Church in Montgomery and worked with Martin Luther King Sr. at Ebenezer.
From there, Dr. Warnock served as youth pastor and assistant pastor at the historic
Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City. He also was senior pastor at Baltimore’s
Douglas Memorial Community Church, known as a spiritual base of social activism.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a
lifetime member of the NAACP and was chosen to deliver the closing prayer at the
2013 Inaugural Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral.
Dr. Warnock has been honored by Ebony magazine, the African American Pulpit journal,
Concerned Black Clergy, Gospel Today magazine, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Associated
Black Charities, Gospel Choice Awards, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Business
League, Loop 21 (a division of the Washington Post) and TheRoot.com. He received
the Rev. Dr. William A. Jones Justice Award from the National Action Network.
He is a National TRIO Achiever Award recipient and has been honored by induction
into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers.
Dr. Warnock has been featured on the CBS Evening News and in the Atlanta Journal
and Constitution, which hailed him as “a leader among Atlanta – and national –
clergy, a fitting heir to the mantle once worn by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
For more information, contact the Rev. Adam Roberts at (706) 880-8004 or