Beaming with pride and overwhelming humility, Emeritus Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., watched as more than 2,000 parishioners stood patiently to cast more than 90% of their votes for Rev. Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson as their ninth Senior Pastor.
Baptists in the Bay Area broke through the stained-glass ceiling on Sunday, April 7, 2019, as history was made at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who is also an Allen Temple member, arrived in time to cast the final ballot. Dr. Thompson’s father, Dr. M.T, Thompson, stood with her as she accepted the church’s call to service and leadership.
Next week: The epistle of Dr. Smith, Sr., and the acceptance sermonette by Dr. Thompson will appear. For updates and responses visit www.postnewsgroup.com, and www.allen-temple.org. Dr. Thompson’s “thank you” video can be viewed on the ATBC Facebook page at https://facebook.com/allentemplebaptistchurch.com.