Rev. Arthur Gerald-Prostate Cancer Survivor and Pastor, Twelfth Baptist Church, Boston, MA
A 12 year prostate cancer survivor, Rev. Gerald has been involved with PHEN outreach activities in Boston for a number of years. Historic Twelfth Baptist Church, the church that Dr. Martin Luther King attended while in Boston, was one of the 33 churches in Massachusetts that stepped forward for the first Father?s Day Rally in 2009. Rev. Gerald will help kick ? off the 2011 Rally on May 11th when he will be the featured speaker for PHEN?s monthly live webcast series. The topic will be ?Faith in Healing.?
He was ordained as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1976 under the pastorate of Dr. Michael E. Haynes and became active in Twelfth?s college ministry outreach. During his graduate program at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary, Rev. Gerald was called to Twelfth Baptist Church?s ministerial support team as well as to serve as Minister to College Students and Young Adults.
In the seventies, he had the opportunity to serve with Dr. Haynes in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and credits his development of strong managerial skills and keen sense of politics to that experience and exposure.
During his tenure on TBC?s ministerial staff and later as Associate Minister, Rev. Gerald has been actively involved in Christian Education, serving as Dean of the School of the Bible. He also served on the Missions Ministry. His gifts in the area of committed stewardship of finance and budgeting has made him valuable with the administration of this church and its Budget and Nominating ministries. For the past several years Rev. Gerald has also served as Chairperson of the Preschool Directorate Board and Chair of the church?s Human Resource Committee.