Emmanuel L. McCall is pastor of the First Baptist Church, East Point, GA..
He was Pastor of the Twenty-eighth Street Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. from 1960-1968.
From July,1968 –November 1991, he served on the Executive Staff of the Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
He was Pastor of the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church from its founding March 31, 1991, to November 30, 2004. In June 2006, he became founding Pastor of The Fellowship Group Baptist Church, East Point, Georgia (now First Baptist Church), which he served until June, 2010. From March, 2013- October, 2015 he served the historic Friendship Baptist Church as Interim Pastor.
On June 1, 2016, he returned to First Baptist Church as Pastor.
A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, McCall matriculated at the public schools of West Shenango Township, Pennsylvania; Simmons Bible College, University of Louisville, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He holds five earned degrees including the Doctor of Ministry, Cum Laude.
From 1970-1996 he served as a visiting faculty member at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During this time, he developed the Black Church Studies program that was also used by three SBC seminaries. He has served as Visiting Professor at theological seminaries in Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, West Africa; and Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. He was an Adjunct
Professor at McAfee School of Theology (Mercer University) 1996 -2016.
He was Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance, July 2005-2010.
He served as the Moderator of the National Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for 2006-2007.
McCall has written eight books, contributed chapters in 42 others. He has written frequently for denominational and theological magazines and special publications.
He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Interdenominational Theological Center from 1978 to 2002. From 1990-93 he was Vice Chair; from 1993-96 he chaired the Board. In that role he also served on the Board of the Atlanta University Center. He served as Vice Chair on the Board of Governors of The Georgia Association of Pastoral Care, 1997-99, and as Chair from 1999-2001. From 1995-2000 he chaired the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. From 2000-2010, he chaired the BWA Committee on Human Rights Awards. He chaired the Arrangements Committee for the International Summit of Baptist Against Racism and Ethnic Conflict held in Atlanta, January, 1999. He also hosted the visit of BWA President Kim to Atlanta in January, 2004. He was Vice President of the BWA from 2005-2010. He served one term on the Truett-McConnell Board of Trustees, and on the Shorter College Board.
McCall served as the Guest Editor for the Review & Expositor,(a quarterly theological journal for
eight theological seminaries affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) for its Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues. The titles of those issues are RACE : Foundations and Reflections (2011)
and RACE: Models of Progress.
McCall has received numerous honors and recognitions, among which is the E. Y. Mullins Distinguished Denominational Service Award in 1990. This is the highest recognition given by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In April, 1999 he was inducted into the Morehouse
College “M.L.King Board of Preachers”, and also received the James H. Costen Award from The Interdenominational Theological Center. In 2009, McCall was named BAPTIST OF THE YEAR by
the Baptist Center for Ethics. In 2014, he was awarded the JUDSON/RICE AWARD, by
Baptists Today. In 2014 he received the Candler School of Theology Centennial Award given by
The Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
He has honorary degrees from Simmons Bible College, Louisville, Ky., and United Theological Seminary, Louisiana. In August 2013, McCall received The Monroe Swilley Award from Mercer University for Distinguished Denominational Service: The D.D. from Hardin Simmons University in 2016.
In August 2009, McCall gave his personal and professional papers, lectures, library materials etc. to the Historical Commission, SBC.
His hobbies include: golf, fishing and gardening.
He and his wife, Emma Marie, are the parents of two children and four grandchildren.