Chairman: Reverend William B. Moore, Pastor
Reverend William B. Moore was born in New Bern, N.C. to Mr. & Mrs. Earl W. Moore, Sr. He received a B.A. from Fayetteville State University in 1965, and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1985. He did graduate work for an M.A. at North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. In 1998, Rev. Moore received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Moore is pastor, teacher, evangelist, organizer and civic leader who has pastored the Tenth Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia since 1974. He is also the Chairman of The Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. In addition, he serves as the Executive Director of the Parking Authority for the City of Philadelphia.
Vice Chairman: Reverend Dr. Jesse Wendell Mapson, Jr, Pastor
Reverend Dr. Jesse Wendell Mapson, Jr. was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and raised in Newark, New Jersey. The son of a Baptist minister, Reverend Mapson was licensed and ordained at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where his father is Pastor Emeritus.
Doctor Mapson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; a master of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pennsylvania; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reverend Mapson is the author of two books: "THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC IN THE BLACK CHURCH", and, "STRANGE FIRE: A Study of Worship and Liturgy in the African American Church". An article entitled Music and Worship in the Black Church appears in the "Readings in African American Church Music and Worship" published by GIA Publications, Inc. Also, Dr. Mapson's lecture "AN UNCERTAIN SOUND" HAS BEEN SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED AT THE PRESTIGIOUS Hampton Minister's Conference and will be included in the Spring 2002 Best of Hampton issue of the "AFRICAN AMERICAN PULPIT".
Executive Secretary, Dr. Joe Albert Bush, Sr.
Dr. J. Albert Bush, Sr. is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, the second son of the late Tom Roscoe Bush and Mrs. Lenell Mitchell Bush. He received his early education in the public schools of Richland County, South Carolina and is a graduate of Eau Clair High School, Columbia, South Carolina. Graduating from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina, he received his B. A. degree in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Sociology. He is a 1983 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, where he earned the Master of Divinity degree. He is also a graduate of the U. S. Air University where he completed training for the United States Air Force Chaplains Program. In May of 2002, Dr. Bush graduated, with Distinction, from the Drew University Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, where he earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree.
Dr. Bush holds membership in several denomination and civic organizations, and is a life-member of the NAACP. He has been honored with the NAACP Achievement Award in 1998 and the NAACP Community Service Award in 2004. Dr. Bush is listed as an “Outstanding Young Men of America,” in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, superior leadership abilities and exceptional service to the community. He has also been presented with the Boy Scouts of America – Child Champion Award (2001) and the Bronx Health Reach – Outstanding Service to the Community Award (2005), championing the cause to eliminate racial and health disparity.
Dr. Bush serves as Senior Pastor of the Walker Memorial Baptist Church, Bronx, New York for the past 25 years. While the area and residents around Walker Memorial have changed over the years, this visionary has held his ground and established a ray of hope within the South Bronx community as well as around the world. Under his leadership, there have been many visions and victories including the recent Walker Memorial built - $3 million Grand Concourse Academy (K-5th grade) in the Bronx (where every fourth grader passed the 2007 NYS reading exam, 91% passed the math exam and 93% passed the science exam), a Christian bookstore soon to open in Harlem, NY, a sister church in Port Limon, Costa Rica (ordaining its first female pastor).
Dr. Joe Albert has a passion for foreign missions. He recently delivered bicycles to pastors who serve in remote areas of Malawi, South Africa. In September 2007, Dr. Bush was appointed Executive Secretary of The Foreign Mission Board, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
Dr. Bush is married to the former Ms. Mary R. Green, Gadsden, South Carolina and the father of four children: two sons Min. Derrick and Joe, Jr.; and two daughters: Coretta Denise, and Bridgett Nicole and the grandfather of three grandchildren: Alanys, Charlize and Ethan Jeremiah.