Reverend Emmanuel L. McCall, D. Min., Pastor

 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.

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.

Reverend Myles Holt, Associate Pastor

 Reverend Myles Holt has been with First Baptist Church East Point less than two years and believes he was directed by God to join. Since joining he has assisted in teaching, preaching, outreach, and planning for the future. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH were he attended New Prospect Baptist Church. He studied Political Science at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. He then moved to Macon, GA to study Christianity at Mercer University on scholarship.   Reverend Holt believes in engaging God and people in a very personable manner in order to develop a lasting and fulfilling relationship. Also, while holding fast to true theology is essential, he also believes that ministry should be enhanced by creativity.  Reverend Holt has a valuable amount of experience developing institutions, organizations, communities, and individuals in a number of different ways. He was previously a Civic Engagement Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, a Resident Security Director for Rivercity Correctional Center, Physical Education Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia, and has sat on the board of directors for several non-profits. He has  been involved in community and political affairs since high school and believes that a primary component of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is justice.   Reverend Holt currently resides in the Metro Atlanta area where he is an entrepreneur and is the father of one daughter, Parker. 

Reverend Myles Holt has been with First Baptist Church East Point less than two years and believes he was directed by God to join. Since joining he has assisted in teaching, preaching, outreach, and planning for the future. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH were he attended New Prospect Baptist Church. He studied Political Science at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. He then moved to Macon, GA to study Christianity at Mercer University on scholarship. 

Reverend Holt believes in engaging God and people in a very personable manner in order to develop a lasting and fulfilling relationship. Also, while holding fast to true theology is essential, he also believes that ministry should be enhanced by creativity.

Reverend Holt has a valuable amount of experience developing institutions, organizations, communities, and individuals in a number of different ways. He was previously a Civic Engagement Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, a Resident Security Director for Rivercity Correctional Center, Physical Education Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia, and has sat on the board of directors for several non-profits. He has  been involved in community and political affairs since high school and believes that a primary component of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is justice. 

Reverend Holt currently resides in the Metro Atlanta area where he is an entrepreneur and is the father of one daughter, Parker.