Reverend Dr. Joseph Howard, III. Church leader, educator, civil rights and social justice advocate has committed much of his life' s work to the struggle for economic empowerment and community development among the nation's disadvantaged.
Ordained as a Baptist Minister at the age of twenty-one, he has served churches for more than two decades throughout Southwest Georgia. Reverend Howard accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the tender age of 8 years old, received the Holy Spirit at the age of 16 and boldly declares that without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
Reverend Howard is a product of the public schools of Dougherty County and a graduate of Monroe High School, Albany, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Religion at Albany State University, Albany Georgia. He earned the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry Degrees, with honor, in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia. His dissertation "A Modality of Preventing Incarceration of Early Adolescent African American Males" is the first marketable dissertation in the history of the school and is in every theological library in America. He completed post-graduate studies in Afro Centric Biblical Hermeneutics in United Theology Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and post-doctoral studies in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies Program at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Howard was among 100 applicants accepted in the 2004 Training Christian Leaders for Community Development/Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard Divinity School, Boston, Massachusetts. Reverend Howard is the Senior Pastor of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina and a Palliative Care Chaplin at the Greenville Health System, Greenville, South Carolina.He is joyfully married to Dr. Annie Edwards-Howard, and they are the proud parents of Candace, Joshua, Kayla and Kennedi.