BEHOLD, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!…Psalms 134 (NKJV)
Rev. Dr. Terry Long was called to preach the gospel in 1983, and received his Certificaton of License to preach in 1983 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio, thus following in his father’s footsteps. He was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Vallejo, California, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Caroll Broadfoot, Jr., in July of 1992. Dr. Long received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California, in May of 2000.
He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California, in May of 1991, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from DeVry University, Ohio, in February of 1985. Dr. Long has received several awards and recognition for work in the ministry: the Dr. J. Alfred Smith Outstanding Minister in the Black Church; American Baptist seminary of the West, Berkeley, California; the L. Doward McBain Preaching Prize for Outstanding Preacher, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California, and the Doer’s Award for Feeding the Hungry, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Vallejo, California, while serving as the youth Minister from 1991 through 1999.
Dr. Long is the Senior Pastor of Saint Paul Baptist Church, Fairfield, CA, which was newly established August 16, 2010. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Progressive Baptist State Conventon of California and the West. He is a Shepherd with a vision, and a heart for the unsaved, and a passion for Pastoring. His special interests are in training and equipping spiritual leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead diverse, multi-cultural congregations, mentoring teachers and developing youth.
Dr. Long is married to Michel and has two teenage children, Andrew and Tara, and three adult children, Terry Jr., TeAira, and Trey.
Dr. Long’s favorite scripture is:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” … John 3:16