Richard W. Wills, Sr.

Friendship Baptist Church

pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, has been professionally active as an architect, educator and minister. His publications include Reflections on Our Pastor: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 1954-1960 (1999) co-authored with Wally Vaughn, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God (2009). His forthcoming book, The Pastor King, is to be published with Abingdon Press.

Former teaching tenures include assignments at Selma University, Selma Alabama, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and Ethics at Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Theology on the faculty of the Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. He is an inductee to the Morehouse College, Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and as a delegate of the Progressive National Baptist Convention he has lectured and preached in London, England on the occasion of their annual European gathering. He has served on numerous Boards including the Advisory Board of The African American Pulpit, our nation’s most prominent Black preaching journal.

Richard is the husband of Sheila D. Martin, and they have four children Richard Jr., Whitney, Michelle and Reginald. An ordained clergy person, he is a member of the American Baptist Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the American Academy of Religion, Alpha Phi Alpha, and is a life-long advocate for justice and equality.