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Reverend Carlton Wadsworth Veazey

“Look and Live… Look to Jesus Now and Live”

Reverend Doctor Carlton Wadsworth Veazey’s cleric history is extensive. He represents the third generation of ministers in his family and is eminently prepared, academically and by experience. He was ordained in 1956 and is an honors graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity.  He was pastor of the historic Zion Baptist Church for over 30 years and has been the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church since its inception 19 years ago. As Pastor of Fellowship, he is ably assisted by Reverend Patricia Hailes Fears.

Rev. Veazey has always been a visionary in his ministry:  He was the first minister in the Greater Washington, D.C. area to ordain a woman in the Baptist church. He continues the legacy of ordaining women ministers. In June 2012, he licensed Fellowship’s pianist and “Songbird-in-Residence,” Minister Bonnie W. Burnett.

Rev Veazey’s dedication to the community is equally exemplary as noted by his appointment by former President Nixon to the D.C. City Council and his service as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Manpower Services Planning Advisory Council. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, having retired in 2011.

Among many honors bestowed, Dr. Veazey has received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Meadville Theological School, an affiliate of the University of Chicago.  Other awards include the Voters for Choice Reproductive Freedom Award; and the United Church of Christ Howard University School of Divinity John F. Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award.  Additionally, Rev. Veazey was identified as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News, with the distinction of being the only man so honored.

Among the many special virtues of Rev. Veazey is one that is most compelling and commanding: his compassion for the disenfranchised, exemplified by helping those in need.

Rev. Dr. Carlton Wadsworth Veazey’s cleric history is extensive.  He represents the third generation of ministers in his family and is eminently prepared, academically and by experience.  He was ordained in 1956 and is an honors graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity.  He was pastor of the historic Zion Baptist Church for over 30 years and has been the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church since its inception 18 years ago. As Pastor of Fellowship, he is ably assisted by Reverend Patricia Hailes Fears.

Rev. Veazey has always been a visionary in his ministry:  He was the first minister in the Greater Washington, D.C. area to ordain a woman in the Baptist church.  He continues the legacy of ordaining women ministers. In June of 2012, he licensed Fellowship’s pianist and “Songbird-in-Residence,”Minister Bonnie W. Burnett.

Rev Veazey’s dedication to the community is equally exemplary as noted by his appointment by former President Nixon to the D.C. City Council and his service as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Manpower Services Planning Advisory Council. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, having retired in 2011.

Among many honors bestowed, Dr. Veazey has received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Meadville Theological School, an affiliate of the University of Chicago.  Other awards include the Voters for Choice Reproductive Freedom Award; and the United Church of Christ Howard University School of Divinity John F. Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award.   Additionally, Rev. Veazey was identified as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st  Century” by Women’s E-News, with the distinction of being the only man so honored.

 

Among the many special virtues of Rev. Veazey is one that is most compelling and commanding:  his compassion for the disenfranchised, exemplified by helping those in need.  Driven by this trait, Rev. Veazey initiated the Food Pantry here at Fellowship Baptist Church.  The Food Pantry distributes food to our neighbors regardless of their church membership or religious affiliation. His desire is to feed as many people as possible, particularly those families with children.  It is with that same compassion that propels him to support Fellowship’s Clothing Drive.  For these and all programs designed to help the needy, Rev. Veazey reminds us to treat everyone with honor and dignity for “But by the grace of God, there go I.”

Another outstanding characteristic of Rev. Veazey is his effort to encourage youth who are committed to being a positive force in our Black community.  Thus, during the past year, Rev. Veazey has invited several young ministers from Zion Baptist Church to speak the Word of God from Fellowship’s pulpit.

Just as Rev. Veazey is concerned about the spiritual life of individuals, he is likewise concerned about their physical health.  Toward that end, he had garnered a collaborative effort with the Women and Men’s Health Ministry at Zion Baptist Church.

Rev. Veazey recently realized a life-long dream of a spiritual journey to Rome, Italy.  While there, he visited the Vatican, viewed the ruins of the Roman Coliseum, walked the ancient streets of the city and meditated as he beheld many of the sites recorded during Biblical times.  He returned from his trip invigorated and inspired, determined to continue preaching the Word of God.

Rev. Veazey’s contribution to the ministry is phenomenal:  He has been preaching for more than 57 years and he has served as Pastor for 53 years.  Fellowship is indeed praying for many more years of his leadership.

His family includes his lovely wife, Jean, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and siblings.