MARCUS D. COSBY
Senior Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University, a Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. As the successor to the Founding Pastor of Wheeler Avenue, Dr. William A. Lawson, Pastor Cosby has been blessed to continue the ministry of this intentionally intergenerational congregation in the inner city of Houston since 2004, having served as Associate Pastor since 1998. Since that time he has led the inception of the Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy; the opening of a transitional housing facility for single mothers experiencing homelessness in Houston’s Third Ward community; and the cultivation of mission outreach in multiple villages in South Africa. In addition to training the more than 100 ministers who comprise the Clergy Team of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at Houston Graduate School of Theology and has taught at the Houston extension program of the ITC. In 2008, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta. And in 2013 he became the Founder and CEO of Preaching with Power and Authority Ministries, a corporation committed to the pedagogy and promotion of relevant biblical preaching for the 21st century. Dr. Cosby is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fisk University, where he serves as the Chair of the Academic Excellence and Student Engagement Committee, as well as a member of the General Alumni Association of the university. He has served on numerous local and national boards and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and a Life Member of the NAACP. He has lectured, preached, and taught in numerous national and international settings. He seeks to encourage and empower all humanity through the timeless and transformative truths found in the Word of God.