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Welton Pleasant was born December 19, 1966. He was educated in the public schools of Los Angeles, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University-Dominguez Hills. He has a Master’s Degree in Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministries from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Rev. Pleasant was elected pastor of the Christ Second Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in Long Beach, California, in November 2009. Due to his exceptional and cogent preaching style, he has:
In his community based Men’s Conferences, he addresses a variety of topics in multiple contexts. Such topics included: health and wellness, education and positive career trajectories, male and female relationships, and parenting with purpose. He also features topics on law and pathways to gain expungement from criminal records to better employment and success.
Prior to his pastorate at Christ Second Baptist Church, Rev. Pleasant pastored the South Los Angeles Baptist Church for 15 years. Rev. Pleasant has worked as a Pastor-Mentor for Azusa Pacific University. He has served as Moderator of the Providence District Baptist Association and First Vice President of the California State Baptist Convention. He has preached extensively across the state of California and America in churches, conferences, and seminars.
In 1989, Pastor Pleasant was selected to participate in President Clinton’s Youth Summit in Washington D.C. and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America Award. In addition, in 1993, Pastor Pleasant was selected from 400 applicants, as one of the twelve team coordinators for former President Bill Clinton’s Summer of Service Program.
Rev. Pleasant’s secular experience has afforded him the opportunity to work as an import specialist for Expeditors International, one of the Nations leading import/export companies. He also worked as a manager in the logistics branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
His civic and community activities include the following:
Rev. Pleasant participates in the World Baptist Alliance, The National Baptist Convention USA, California State Baptist Convention, and Providence District Baptist Association. Rev. Pleasant is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Pleasant is currently serving as President of the California State Baptist Convention, Inc. and as the Far West Regional Vice President of the National Baptist Convention, Inc. Furthermore, he has been recently selected to serve on the Board of the United Negro College Fund. Finally, he is currently serving as Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Los Angeles Baptist Ministers Conference of Southern California and Vicinity.
In June 1992, Rev. Pleasant met Teresa Lynn Campbell and began a relationship that led to their marriage on September 18, 1993. On June 30, 1994, Rev. Pleasant and Teresa were blessed with their first child, Welton Pleasant, III and on February 4, 1997, they were blessed with their second son, Isaac Josiah Pleasant.