Dennis W. Mitchell
The Executive Director of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF), SBC, is Reverend Dennis W. Mitchell, born in San Francisco and raised in El Cerrito, California. Reverend Mitchell was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1991 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, California.
For over forty years, Reverend Mitchell has remained steadfast in his pursuit of building the kingdom of God through ministerial service. He has served as a Christian Education Director at the “Exciting” Singing Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas; a Sunday School Growth consultant with the Baptist General Convention of Texas; a Black Church Extension associate director with the Home Mission Board and Sr. Director of Strategic Planning in the Church Planting Group of the North American Mission Board – where his primary responsibility was leading the development of strategies and initiatives for assisting Baptist State Conventions, Associations and local Churches to plant new, healthy, reproducing congregations across the Continental U.S., all U.S. held territories and Canada.
Reverend Mitchell’s pastoral experiences include serving as planter – pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama; Executive Pastor and most recently, Sr. Pastor of Greenforest Community Baptist Church.
Reverend Mitchell was educated in the Richmond, California public school system, and earned his B.S. degree in Economics from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas and has worked on an MBA at the University of Washington – Seattle.
Prior to accepting the call into ministry, Reverend Mitchell had a successful career in banking, holding positions ranging from a local Branch Manager and Regional Sales Manager with Wells Fargo Bank & Co. to a Vice President of First Interstate Bank both headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Recognized as a creative, solution driven, results oriented strategist, Reverend Mitchell’s spiritual gifts include encouragement, administration and teaching. His life memory verse is John 9:4 – “I must do the work of Him while it is day, for when night cometh, no man can work”. He is very passionate about African American churches accepting the mantel of leadership in modeling the fulfillment of the Acts 1:8 Mission Mandate.
Rev. Mitchell is married to Pam (Griffin), a native of Dallas, Texas and a happily retired Cobb County Public School Teacher. They are the proud parents of 3 daughters – Shayna (teacher and graduate of Hampton University); Erin (Spelman College and Georgetown Law School) and Andrea (Georgia State University graduate). The Mitchells’ are the proud grandparents of Andrew James Mitchell Ross, Austin David Mitchell Richeson, Christian Oliver Matthew Ross; Aiden Lennie Richeson and Ada Rene Gourdine.