Reverend Dr. A. Michael Black
A. Michael Black serves as the Dean and Site Director for Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary and Graduate School at the Greenbelt, Maryland campus. His calling of life became crystallized when he delivered his initial sermon at Bethesda Baptist Church in July 1982 and was officially licensed to preach the gospel on January 9, 1983, under Reverend Dr. John D. Bussey and was ordained on November 10, 1984.
Pastor Black recognized his need to be thoroughly equipped to further his calling; he continued his training at Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He continued his studies at Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Master of Theological Studies in Christian Faith and Public Policy. Pastor Black has done Doctoral Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in the Leadership Excellence Program. He was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in April 2005.
He previously served as pastor of Elim Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland, for seven years; his home church, Bethesda Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., for fifteen years; Westwood Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, for five and half years and Executive Pastor at Heritage Fellowship Church, Reston, Virginia for three years.
Besides serving as a pastor, he has held numerous leadership roles in several organizations:
- President of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC, and Vicinity
- Adjunct Professor at Washington Bible College
- Member of the Board of Directors for Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary; Baptist Convention of Washington, DC, and Vicinity; and Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention
- Dean of the Baptist Educational Congress of Washington, DC, and Vicinity
- Professor at Washington Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor Black is married to the former Angli J. Sampson and has three children, Michael, Letitia, Joshua, and a proud grandfather. In all of his work and ministry, he endeavors to be true to his favorite verse of scripture, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”