Pleasantview Baptist Church of Apopka
Michael D. Warren is a nationally known and noted Pulpiteer, Pastor, and Christian Statesman. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he matriculated through the public schools of Duval County. He is currently serving as the proud yet humble visionary Pastor/Teacher of Pleasant View Baptist Church of Apopka, Florida. He attended Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida and Luther Rice Seminary at that time in Jacksonville, Florida. He received a Doctorate of Divinity from Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College (the oldest seminary for African Americans in Florida) in Lakeland, Florida.
Prior to assuming the Pastorate of Pleasant View Church, he served as Pastor of First Bethel Baptist Church (Dunnellon, Florida), New Jerusalem Baptist Church (Hollywood, Florida), Shady Grove Baptist Church (Ocala, Florida), and Greater Saint Mary Baptist Church (Mount Dora, Florida) where he led in contributing to the growth and development of each congregation.
He has been summoned to servant leadership among his ministerial peers and other leaders on several occasions. His service has included but is not limited to Bible Expositor of Mount Bethel Baptist Association, Florida East-Coast Southern Union and Bethel Baptist Association. He has served as Moderator of Mount Bethel Baptist Association where he has led that August body in celebrating its centennial in November 2016. Nationally, he served the eight-million member National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc. as its historiographer from 2010 through 2014. He currently serves as Vice President at Large of the Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc.
In Apopka, the community where he lives and works, he proudly yet humbly served his lamented friend, Marvin C. Zanders, as Chaplin of Zanders Funeral Home for nearly thirty years and he faithfully served as President of The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance for six years. He was recently appointed to the position of Director of Religious Affairs of the Florida State Branch of The NAACP, the Premier Civil Rights Organization in the United States.