MEET THE ARTIST
The Reverend Dr. Albert Paul Brinson
“A Personal friend and Colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr Albert Paul Brinson’s ministry as a reconciler, prophet, ambassador, and spokesperson was forged in a Civil Rights Movement. He has faithfully served pastorates in American Baptist Churches USA for decades and is recognized nationally for his ministry of stewardship. His distinguished record of the church, community, and denominational ministry places him among the most outstanding leaders of ABCUSA.”
The Reverend Albert Paul Brinson assumed the position of Associate General Secretary for World Mission Support Office of the General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA in October 2002. He had previously served as Associate Director of World Mission Support since 1991.
Dr. Brinson traveled in many parts of the United States as a fundraiser and bridge-builder among the multi-ethnic American Baptist Family. Among his many responsibilities was the training for new Ministers of Mission Support and leadership within the Valley Forge Core Staff as well as the dispersed Staff around the country. He served as Affirmative Action Officer, staff to the ABC General Board Denominational Inclusiveness Committee, a member of the Staff Advisory Council to the ABC Biennial Committee, and President of the Valley Forge Ministers Council. Dr. Brinson’s major responsibility was providing leadership in raising approximately $42 million annually for American Baptist Mission and programs through American Baptist Mission Support.
Born in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Brinson completed undergraduate education at Morehouse College. Postgraduate degrees include a Master of Divinity Degree from the interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. Another extensive study was undertaken in two programs at New York University and Boston University School of Theology.
Dr. Brinson was licensed to Christian Ministry, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his home church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1963, and Ordained as an American Baptist Minister by Drs. Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. in 1965. He served as pastor for eleven years at Antioch Baptist Church, Corona, New York and nine years as pastor of Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA.
Dr. Albert Paul Brinson has received numerous honors and awards as a speaker and living source on the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His most notable honors include tributes from the City of Atlanta, Georgia, and Clark Atlanta University for outstanding contributions to the Growth and Vitality of the city of Atlanta as one of the organizing students of the Atlanta Student Movement of 1960.
He also received a Norfolk State University Presidential Convocation Citation for outstanding contributions to the students of the University and the people of Hampton Roads. In the spring of 1994, Dr. Brinson traveled to South Africa to work with the Independent Electoral Commission in the first free and open election, which resulted in the election of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa.
In January 1997, He was the Distinguished visitor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a Non-Violence Philosophy Lecturer and Speaker for the Academy’s Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration. In 2005, Dr. Brinson’s Alma Mater, Morehouse College honored him with the commissioning of an oil portrait of him by artist Hoeun Chung which hangs in The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. The College. Cited him in 2001 as a “Nonviolent Building Block for the good of any common humanity… recognized in “Born To Rebel” by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.” In addition, Albert Paul Brinson is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Dr. Brinson is married to Vivian Welsh Brinson and they are parents of Jennifer Brinson Walker, Paul Welsh Brinson, and Lisa Alaine Brinson.