Senior Pastor Dr. Roberts is a gifted preacher and teacher who will advance the church’s mission of meaningfully sharing God’s grace and love with local, national, and global communities. Roberts believes that Nineteenth Street is a great fit in this new season of ministry because of its distinctive mission and core values: “Nineteenth street’s unique commitment of supporting men and women in leadership, deep appreciation for purpose & mission-driven ministry, rich history of empowering preaching & teaching, and unusual passion for Christian witness that strives to share Christ’s love with the world makes this a unique opportunity that only comes once or twice in a life-time.”
Rev. Dr. Darryl D. Roberts has served as the Senior Pastor for 5 years at Mount Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur, GA. He is preceded by Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, who was called to a new assignment at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rev. Roberts received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ethics from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College. Rev. Roberts is a graduate of the Morehouse College of Pastoral Leadership, and has served on the executive boards of Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy, the Atlanta Missionary Baptist Association and DeKalb County’s NAACP. He is the recent recipient of the In The Spirit Award, the NAACP Religious Affairs Award and the Gospel Choice Chosen Award for his commitment to public service. Rev. Roberts is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He is married to Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D. They are the parents of two children, a daughter, Anaiah, and a son, Isaiah.