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Dr. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. was born August 1, 1958 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1976, he graduated from Washington High School, then attended McNeese State University and Delta School of Business in Lake Charles, LA. In 1986, he graduated from the Historically Black Bishop College formally of Dallas, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Speech Education. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, an Honorary Doctors Degree from Christian Bible College, New Orleans, 

Louisiana, an Honorary Doctorate from Temple Bible College, Cincinnati, Ohio and earned a Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio. In May 2017, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. 

Dr. Tolbert is a recognized civic leader. He served as a Commissioner for the Lake Charles Housing Authority, served 12 years as a representative of District “A” on the Lake Charles City Council, and served as a member of the Board of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation. Currently, Reverend Tolbert serves as Vice Chancellor of the Westcoast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS) in Dallas, Texas; Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is on the Board of Trustees of Florida Memorial University, Morehouse School of Religion and Simmons College of Kentucky. 

A devout man of faith, Dr. Tolbert has dedicated his life to religious service. He was the former Pastor the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Cameron Louisiana. Currently, Dr. Tolbert is the Pastor of the church he grew up in, Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, LA and has been serving as their Pastor for more than 32 years. 

Dr. Tolbert's accomplishments reflect his dedication to his faith, education and service. On June 25, 2014, in a landslide victory, he was elected the 15th President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA) in an election held in Memphis, Tennessee. NBCA has over 3.5 million members worldwide, and one of Reverend Tolbert’s first mission was to ensure NBCA members that all partnerships and programs under his administration will “seek to serve congregations.” 

Additionally, Dr. Tolbert serves as President of Greater St. Mary Community Development Foundation, President and CEO of Strategic Faith Leadership Ministries, President Emeritus of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention, member of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, Chancellor of West Coast Bible College and President of North American Baptist Fellowship, a Division of the Baptist World Alliance. Some of Reverend Tolbert’s former positions include being President of the Louisiana Inter-Church Conference, 1st Vice President and General Secretary of National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., member the National Board of the NAACP, and former 1st Vice President of the Southwest Missionary Baptist Association. 

Dr. Tolbert has been married to Matilda Edwards Tolbert for 33 years and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Candace Latrice and Kayla Monique.

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