Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
Pastor for Preaching and Worship
Welton was called to be the Pastor of Northminster Church in 1992. While ministering to churches with a message of inclusion, he emerged as a leader among progressive Baptists. Among his many leadership roles, he was a past President of the Alliance of Baptists, a twenty-year member of the Commission of Christian Ethics of the Baptist World Alliance, a member of the General Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, President of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Chair of the Pastoral Leadership Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. Prior to the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), he served in many leadership roles in the SBC including membership on the convention's Executive Committee from 1980-1984 and Director of Christian Citizenship Development of the Christian Life Commission from 1973-1977.
He is the author of over 20 books, including Faith and Politics, A Love Affair with God, and a three-volume series entitled Worship: Symphony for the Senses. In addition to being a prolific writer, he provides regular commentary to the national media on issues relating to religion and politics. Former host of Morally Speaking on NBC affiliate KTVE in Monroe, Louisiana, he is a regular contributor to mainstream and religious news outlets. Some of his appearances include CNN's The World Today with Wolf Blitzer and Inside Politics, PBS's Frontline, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, CBS's Freedom to Pray, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NBC’s Dateline and Evening News with Tom Brokaw, and ABC's World News Tonight. He is currently the host of a weekly radio show on religion and politics called State of Belief.
In March 1998, he became the executive director of The Interfaith Alliance, headquartered in Washington, D.C.; but he remains at Northminster as the Pastor for Preaching and Worship. He and his wife Judy maintain their home in Monroe, and he commutes to Washington to carry out his responsibilities with The Interfaith Alliance. He has two sons and two grandsons.
He received his undergraduate degree from Union University in Tennessee and his doctoral degree and divinity training from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.