Dr. Alfred L. HallIn June 2003, Dr. Alfred L. Hall, II was elected to serve as Pastor of the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi following the untimely death of former pastor, Dr. T. P. Vinson.
Pastor Hall is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi and completed his formal educational training with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Jackson State University, a Masters of Science degree in Natural Science from Delta State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the field of education, he has served in many roles: including that of Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief of Staff for the former Memphis City Schools system, an Assistant Professor of Science Education and STEM Project Director at the University of Memphis, and currently as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN.
However, when he accepted his calling to preach the Gospel, Pastor Hall realized that his greatest gift of service was in teaching. More importantly, it is his love for teaching the Word of God and encouraging others to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that drives his ministry and work of service with the members of the Philadelphia M.B. Church. Proverbs 4:7 states, "Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."
Pastor Hall has adopted the philosophy that "in order for one to lead, one must first be willing to serve." He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the members and community of Philadelphia. His long-term vision for the congregation is to help the church earn its given name as "The Church of Brotherly Love."
Pastor Hall is married to Dr. LaSonya Harris Hall, formerly of Jackson, MS, and together, they have two daughters, Alia and Alencia.