A Waco Texas native, Reverend Aubrey Lewis has been a member of Third Baptist for 35 years. A man of learning, Rev. Lewis received his Associate of Arts Degree with honors from San Francisco City College and graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Health Education and Psychology.
As Assistant to the Pastor, Rev Lewis has endeared himself both to the congregation as Minister of Visitation and as an active member of the Church’s New Member, Bereavement and Baptism Committees, and also to the community through his weekly evangelism efforts.
Married to Deacon Viola Lewis for 39 wonderful years, they have 3 daughters, 1 son, 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren and are considered “treasures” at TBC!
Reverend Richard Carnell Baker, Esq., a native San Franciscan, was christened at the Third Baptist Church in 1962 by the late Rev. F.D. Haynes, Sr. Rev. Baker is the second of three children born to Deacon Eddie J. Baker, Jr., and Deacon (in training) LaVerne B. Baker.
Rev. Baker intertwines his spiritual work with his extensive secular experience. He was licensed to preach the Gospel in 2004 and ordained in October 2013. However, secularly, Rev. Baker is semi-retired after practicing civil and criminal trial work for over 26 years in Washington, D.C.; he remains a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia. As the Minister of Civic Affairs at Third Baptist Church, Rev. Baker evangelizes by working with Pastor Brown towards the amelioration of explicit and implicit bias, oppressive treatment and systemic discrimination respecting African Americans in the areas of criminal justice, housing, education and employment. Rev. Baker is also assisting in establishing policies with State and local governmental corrections agencies to enfranchise the faith-based community in the provision of effective inmate rehabilitation and community re-entry support services for the formerly incarcerated.
In the fall of 2014, Rev. Baker intends further his studies in Systemic Theology by enrolling at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, CA, in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity Degree. He is married to Shunnae Lewis Baker, the daughter of Reverend and Deacon Aubrey Lewis. The Bakers have a blended family comprised of five children, three of which are adults, and one grandson.
A graduate from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rev. Ronson Ballard serves as coordinator of the TBC jail ministry and is also an active member of convalescent ministry. Every third Sunday, Rev. Ballard speaks to the youth at Y.G.C. An avid golfer, Rev. Ballard is also the proud CEO of Ballard Enterprises.
WILLARD BOLDEN is a Protestant chaplain at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.. He is responsible for the pastoral care and counseling to veterans, family members and hospital staff at the Ft. Miley facility.
Also Chaplain Bolden conducts religious services and spirituality group meetings at the CLC (Geriatric Center), Santa Rosa and Ukiah VA clinics.
He is a member in good standing with the NBC, USA. Inc., Life member-NAACP & Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is a graduate of Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA and Morehouse School of Religion\ITC, Atlanta, GA. Commander Willard Bolden (RET.) received an Honorable Discharge completing 25 years of Navy service.
Chaplain Bolden is available to veterans of Third Baptist Church relating to his\her spiritual needs.
Reverend Michael Jordan comes to Third Baptist by way of Illinois and Alaska where he taught school for 25 years. He served a 9 month ministerial internship before officially joining Third Baptist in the spring of 2007. After receiving his degree in Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in the winter of 2007, he was ordained in May of 2008. Since then he has helped minister to the youth, taught Sunday School, and organized community walks for the Third Baptist Walkers. In addition to these duties, Reverend Jordan serves as a hospital and hospice chaplain in Calaveras County during the workweek. When time allows he helps his wife Angela with “Angels for Brazil’, a nonprofit which serves some of Brazils most desperately poor with medical and educational assistance.
Reverend Portia Lynn Osborne is a native San Franciscan. She is a graduate of George Washington High School, Bishop College, and Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions, where she received a diploma with a concentration in music, a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Counseling degrees, respectively.
Reverend Osborne was licensed in 1996 by the late Dr. J.W. Johnson at First Baptist Church North Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She completed Internships in Christian Counseling with a concentration in marriage and family therapy at Higher Dimensions Family Worship Center and Oral Roberts University.
In 2001, because of her desire to foster familial wholeness, she became an Advocate Coordinator for Tulsa Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where she was tasked to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for foster children, report their findings, and deliver these findings to Juvenile court judges, in the county of Tulsa. While In this capacity, she served on the Parent Child Center Children’s Consortium, trained and facilitated a court-mandated parenting class, as well as volunteered in a local hospital, holding newborns, known as the Bundle Buddy program.
Reverend Osborne returned to San Francisco where she serves as an associate minister under the leadership of Dr. Amos C. Brown, at Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. She is the 2nd Vice President of the Women’s Missionary Union and Personal Development Coordinator for the Art and Cultural missionary circle. In the San Francisco community, she works with Church Women United as its newly elected Vice President and a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the NAACP.
Reverend/ Judge Beverley M. Phillips, U. S. Immigration Judge (Retired), is an Associate Minister and a loyal and faithful member of Third Baptist Church. Reverend Phillips holds the B.A. & J.D. degrees from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Reverend Phillips graduated from the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple, and has done further studies at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. Reverend Phillips was licensed and ordained under the auspices of the Senior Pastor, Dr. Amos C. Brown. Reverend Phillips has held several positions in the church; however, she is currently actively engaged with the WMU (Women’s Ministry).
As an Associate Minister at Third Baptist, I am involved in visiting the sick of the church in the hospitals and nursing care homes and homes of and calling them on the phone to do a check-in and praying for them. I also provide spiritual care, emotional support and counseling when members seek my help and care. I do occasional preaching from the pulpit, speak in funeral and memorial services of some members and do the blessings of infants and participate in doing communion. I also fellowship with some ministers on a regular basis and have prayers. I attend community events once in a while. I attend the church services on Sundays along with my family when I am not on call for my company. As a Hospice Chaplain, I take special interest in the care and well-being of the African-American patients and their families who I get to serve in the SF Bay Area and share with them how Third Baptist and Rev. Brown helped me and my family to immigrate to the US and invite them to visit and attend the Sunday services. I also educate and inform my Hospice team in understanding of the African-American experience and provide services accordingly to meet their needs.
Reverend Pamela A. Smith
Reverend Pamela A. Smith is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was recently accepted into the Master’s program at Virginia Union University – Samuel D. Proctor of Theology in Richmond, VA where she began pursuing her Master’s in Divinity. Due to her relocation to the San Francisco area, she withdrew from the program but intends to continue her master’s degree in the fall of 2014 by enrolling at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA.
Rev. Smith was licensed to preach the gospel in April, 2002 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Staten Island, NY under the leadership of Rev. James H. Williams. She was later ordained in September 2004 as Youth Pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church. She is currently employed as a Lieutenant with the United States Park Police and serves as the Operations Commander. She has been employed with the agency for over 15 years and has served in San Francisco, CA, Staten Island, NY, Brunswick, GA and Washington, DC.
Rev. Smith has an intense love and excitement for the Lord. Her anointed preaching and teaching ignites the atmosphere with enthusiasm and her transparency challenges the believer to produce life-changing results.
Rev. Smith is the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Earl Lee and Emma Jean Thomas. She has five sisters and 13 nieces and nephews.