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Rev. Dr. John D. Tolbert

Dr. John DeVar Tolbert, B.S.W., M. DIV., D. Min.,

Rev. Dr. John D. Tolbert is the eighteenth pastor of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Pontiac, Michigan. He is leading Trinity Church in Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints and Evangelizing the Sinners. Dr. Tolbert challenges Trinity Church to be the best church FOR the community, while encouraging the Trinity Family to be an intentional intergenerational church with big arms, a loving heart, and a missional spirit.

Dr. Tolbert serves as an instructor for The National Baptist Congress of The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., President of the Wolverine State Congress of Christian Education and Moderator for the Crystal Lake Missionary Baptist District Association. He also currently serves as General Secretary for the Kingdom Alliance Covenant Fellowship, Chaplain for the Detroit Police Department, Southfield Police Department, and a member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit & Vicinity.

Dr. Tolbert is a retired chapel minister for the O.H. Pye III Funeral Home in Detroit. And He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate Theological Seminary. His areas of focus included New Testament Survey, Old Testament Survey, Introduction to Evangelism and Spiritual Formations. Dr. Tolbert is on the board of two Historical Black Colleges and Universities. (The Morehouse School of Religion, and Simmons College of Kentucky.) He is passionate about the development of ministers of the Gospel for the progress of the Lord’s church as is reflected in the 5 spiritual sons he has serving in pastoral ministry.

Dr. Tolbert is equally involved in civic organizations. Under his leadership, Dare to Dream Pontiac was created. A non-profit, 501c3 community development cooperation that partners with community organizations to revitalize the City of Pontiac through programs focusing on education, health, and youth retention. One of its partners includes the Detroit Lions Alumni Association, where together they host an annual summer camp for skill development. He is also an enthusiastic Lifetime member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Tolbert has completed graduate and post-graduate studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he earned both a Master of Divinity with emphasis in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth (2002) and a Doctor of Ministry in Church Growth & Leadership (2015). He has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University (1999).

Dr. Tolbert is married to the former Ashley DeShon Wade. They are the proud parents of twins John David and Jade Ashley-Marie. and one fur baby (dog) Bolt D. Tolbert.