Rev. L. B. West, D.R.S., Senior Pastor
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He is passionate about ministry, expressive of the Word of God, a beloved Pastor, visionary, pioneer and shepherd to hundreds, the Rev. Dr. Larry B. West is one of the emerging voices in ministry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

A native of Albany, Georgia, Dr. West experienced Christian nurturing and baptism at the Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church.  In 1981, he was ordained as a Deacon at the St. Paul Baptist Church located in La Grange, Georgia, and ordained as a Minister in 1993 under the leadership of his pastor, the late Rev. Dr. John Lewis Wright of the First Baptist Church of Guilford located in Columbia, Maryland.  In May 2002, Dr. West accepted the call to the Mount Airy Baptist Church after having served as pastor of the New Light Missionary Baptist Church located in Washington, D.C., for nine years.

Dr. West holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of Georgia, a Master’s Degree in Theology from United Baptist College and Seminary and a Doctorate in Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.

Throughout his educational career, Dr. West excelled both academically and athletically.  He was an honor student in the County School System and the first student to receive twelve letters in sports including football, basketball, baseball and track.  Dr. West holds the distinct honor as one of the first students of color to receive a full four-year athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia.

Upon coming to Mount Airy Baptist Church, Dr. West envisioned that the Lord is challenging the congregation to do greater and more wonderful works!  In addition to the already existing Friday night Bible study, Dr. West initiated a Tuesday night Bible Study and  developed a Wednesday morning Bible study to accommodate many who cannot attend at night.  He initiated a Children's Church and made provisions for increased activities to involve the children and youth.  He formed a monthly Solemn Assembly to bring all ministries together in an effort to share information and plans.  The development of the Family Life Ministry by Dr. West provides personal and spiritual attention to every member, potential members, and especially the sick; elderly and home bound persons of the church.  Dr. West has a heart for God and is faithful to the calling God has placed upon his life. His love and passion toward the people of God compels him to get in the trenches and stand side by side with those in need.  He is personable and professional, caring and concerned, progressive and proactive, innovative and industrious and possesses a willing mind and a willing spirit. His inspired preaching and teaching touches the lives of those who witness his ministry and has compelled many to live a life in Christ.

Dr. West is immediate former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.  He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference.  He is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind of Washington, D.C.  Dr. West is a member the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC); a member of the Board of Directors of Faith Partnerships; and a member of the Board of Directors of Faith Based Health Management Services (FBHMS).  He is very active in the Northwest One community. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a life member of the NAACP.

Dr. West is married to his college sweetheart, Gwen and they are the proud parents of two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three wonderful grandsons.