Rev. Wallis C. Baxter III, PhD is a native of Rocky Mount, N.C. and grew up in Marietta, GA. He is the only son of Wallis and Geneva H. Baxter. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006, majoring in English. As a student at Morehouse, Rev. Baxter served as the Director of Spiritual Affairs as well as the Vice President of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants.
Upon graduation, Rev. Baxter entered Duke University Divinity School where he served on the President’s Council on Black Affairs as well as President of the Black Seminarians’ Union. In 2009, Rev. Baxter graduated from Duke with his Master of Divinity Degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in African and African-American Studies. In the spring of 2017, he received his PhD in African American Literature from Howard University.
Rev. Baxter has been inducted into the Academy of Young Preachers. Currently, he serves as an Advisory Council member for the New Baptist Covenant, a Consultant for The New Church Initiative, Financial Secretary of the Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, President of the Congress of Christian Education for the Eastern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, immediate past President of the Langston Hughes Society, and Chairman of the Board of Limitless Opportunities, Inc.
Rev. Baxter was licensed and ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, NC. He serves as the Senior Pastor of the Second Baptist Church (formerly of Southwest DC) in District Heights, MD. He has taught African American Studies and Black Religions and Theologies at Georgetown University. He is married to Dr. Shayla Atkins Baxter, and they reside in Maryland.