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The Reverend Dr. Rodney D. Waller is the Tenth Senior Pastor of The Historic First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. During the first couple of years of his pastorate, the First African Baptist Church has become a debt free church, and has added several new staff positions: Minister of Christian Education, Minister of Missions, Minister of Evangelism, Youth Minister, Minister of Music, and Minister of Fellowship.

Dr. Waller earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Virginia Union University, and a Master’s of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. And, he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia. In August of this year Dr. Waller was a guest preacher for the UK African American Preaching Festival in London, England, also studied at Oxford University which is also in London during the first week in August of last year. Dr. Waller is a member of the Hampton Minister’s Conference Executive Board and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Waller is the author of Leadership Empowerment: A Paradigm in Administration and Leadership in the Urban Church in General and the Rural Church in Particular for the Twenty First Century which became available on Amazon.com May 30, 2009.

Prior to being the pastor of the First African Baptist Church, he was the Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Weems, Virginia. In addition to serving as Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist, he was a volunteer chaplain at Rappahannock General Hospital, a member of the Lancaster County Special Education Department, Lancaster County Planning Commission and Board of Directors. He is a past president of the Northern Neck Ministers Conference and the Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation Church Resource Service. In 2006, he was one of the featured preachers at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia Annual Session in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Waller is married to the former Aline T. Coleman.