First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church of Raleigh
Rev. Dr. Howard is a native of Oxford, North Carolina. He answered the call from God to preach and was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in 1979 and ordained in 1981. He formerly pastored the Elijah Grove Baptist Church and the New Mount Zion Baptist Church, both of Roxboro, N. C. He’s held several offices in church associations including Moderator of the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. He’s been a workshop presenter, a host pastor, and convention preacher for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., and was recently approved by a vote of the convention’s delegates to be a member of the General Board.
For most of his years in ministry, Rev. Dr. Howard was a bi-vocational pastor. His career as a public schools’ educator began as a classroom teacher. He worked as an assistant principal, principal, district director, and assistant superintendent before ending his thirty-seven year-long career as the first African American to serve as Superintendent of Granville County Public Schools.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N. C., a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and Supervision from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N. C., and a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N. C. He also did graduate studies in Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N. C.
His civic involvement includes serving as Chair of the Advisory Board for the North Carolina Central University School of Education; serving as a member of the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board in Oxford, N. C. and the Vance-Granville Community College South Campus Advisory Board in Creedmoor, N. C. He’s a former member of the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Granville County Human Relations Commission.
Rev. Dr. Howard and his wife, the former Jaynette Whitt of Roxboro, N.C. have been happily married for thirty-five years. She is a career educator, having worked as a Social Studies teacher and Coordinator of student internship programs. They are proud parents of two adult children. Their daughter Malorie Howard is an Exceptional Children’s Teacher in Granville County Public Schools, and son, Attorney Dorwin Howard, Jr, is the Compliance Coordinator for NCCU Athletics. His wife GeorQuesha is a middle school Math Teacher in the Chatham County School System.