Dr. Earl L. Bledsoe, Interim Minister
The Reverend Dr. Earl Leslie Bledsoe was born on April 29, 194 2 in Washington, DC. At a young age he moved to Fauquier County, Virginia, where he was placed as a
foster child. He graduated from W. C. Taylor High School, and went on to serve his country in the U. S. Army. After three years of service, he received an honorable
discharge, and returned to civilian life.
Dr. Bledsoe went to work for Atlantic Research Corporation in Gainesville, Virginia until he was enrolled in Virginia Union University. After two years in 1967, Earl left Virginia Union University moving back to Washington, DC, where he was employed by ARA Dining Services, the U.S. Postal Service, and the DC Department of Corrections.
In January 1971 he entered the ministry, at his home church, Cross Road Baptist Church with Dr. C. S. Peterson, who li censed him as a Baptist minister and later in 1971 he was ordained as assistant to Pastor Peterson.
In 1973, he was accepted to participate in an Ecumenical Theological Research Institute, (Inter/Met). In Inter/Met he was required to become an intern student assistant under the tutelage of the Dr. Joseph T. Wingate, his academic preceptor, at the First Baptist Church, Washington, DC, and to enroll in Howard University Without Walls. Inter/Met closed in 1977 and Rev. Bledsoe stayed in the non-traditional educational tract to earn a B.A from the Open University System. Rev. Bledsoe’s passion for learning has resulted in several degrees and certificates, which are summarized below:
1979 - Master’s Divinity, Lancaster Theological Seminary Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1981-83 - Clinical Pastoral Education, Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, DC
1984 - Pastoral Supervision, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
1985-87 - Matriculated at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
1987 - Certificate Program, Management Babcock School of Business, Wake Forest University
1996 - Clinical Pastoral Education, Hunter Holmes McGuire, Richmond, Virginia
1997 - Doctoral of Ministry of Divinity, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2000 - Certificate Program, Leadership Institute, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
In Dr. Bledsoe's career, he has been the pastor of Silver Hill Baptist Church, Morrisville, Virginia; Pilgrim Baptist Church, Wilderness, Virginia; and Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Catharpin, Virginia. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Richmond Virginia Seminary. Currently, Dr. Bledsoe serves as Pastor Emeritus of the Great Hope Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia where he served 31 years. He is also serving as Director of the Field Education program at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia.
In 1976, Dr. Bledsoe married the former Carolyn E. Lewis. They have one son, Reverend Demetrius Bledsoe; two daughters, Katrina and Tanya; one foster daughter, Mrs. Sharon M. Gregory; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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