Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church has called the Rev. Christopher R. Boston as its third pastor in 56 years of ministry. His installation service will be held at the church on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. following his official first service as pastor-elect on Sunday, September 2. Boston will replace the church’s dedicated pastor, Lawrence E. Presley, who resigned in July 2011 after 30 years of service.
“Reverend Boston is an ideal match for our congregation’s needs,” said Leonard Cratic, chairman of the pastoral search committee. “He is humble, compassionate and a gifted preacher with a passion for people and community transformation. He is an equally gifted administrator and leader which are essential qualities for building an effective, cross-generational congregation.” Lamb of God, located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, is a growing congregation of more than 300 members that recently assumed a name change from St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church to better reflect its culture.
Boston is currently serving in ministry at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a congregation he has belonged to since early childhood. “I am honored and humbled to be called as Pastor-elect of Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church,” he said. “This church is well positioned to serve the Greater Milwaukee community and we will strive to build on the foundation laid by pastors Lawrence Presley and James Lathan.”
Reverend Boston has been an associate minister at New Hope MBC, in his hometown of Milwaukee, since 2000. Concurrently, he has served the community in professional roles such as the current Director of Sustainable Communities for the Milwaukee office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and earlier as Lead Organizer/Director of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).
A dedicated community organizer, Reverend Boston has led workshops for organizations across the country helping them to develop strategies that foster community transformation and presented at the Aspen Roundtable’s Community Change Seminar on Racial Equity and Society. Boston studied International Management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is ordained through the Wisconsin General Baptist State Convention (WGBSC) Inc.
A man fiercely dedicated to his family, Reverend Boston is married to Tonnie Boston and they are proud parents of twin boys, Terak Christopher and Caius Torrie.