The new senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church took the helm of the congregation Sunday May 3. Fellowship’s – commonly referred to as FMBC – membership overwhelmingly voted in Seawood after he visited and preached at the church in late February. The Chicago, Illinois native recently moved to the Twin Cities from Wicomico Church, Virginia where he served as senior pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church.
FMBC functioned for nearly a year under the guidance of Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. John Waters of Atlanta. During Dr. Waters’ tenure, this allowed church leaders to move forward with their search process for a new senior pastor. Deacon Board Chair Troy Smith expressed his appreciation for Dr. Water’s work. “We at Fellowship are deeply indebted to Dr. Waters for his assuming the administrative and spiritual responsibilities of the church. He arrived at a time when we were in a period of transition.” Smith continues, “Dr. Waters’ preaching, leadership and pastoral care have been invaluable during our time of change.” Rev. Seawood comes to FMBC with extensive background in the academic and theological realms, which includes military credentials.
Upon graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon (where his family moved when he was a young boy), Rev. Seawood enlisted in the United States Air Force where he received numerous awards. He graduated cum laude from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and History. He then went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from the University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Rev. Seawood continued his theological education by completing a course in Church Business Administration through the National Association of Church Business Administration at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
Chair of the FMBC Pulpit Search Committee, Deacon Calvin Walker says the committee-reviewed resumes of more than 100 excellent candidates, however, “Rev. Seawood stood out amongst the group. We believe he possesses the right combination of what it will take to move our church forward in the coming years: discipline, administrative experience, theological expertise and a passion for youth.” Walker continues, “Fellowship is located in a community, North Minneapolis, which is in great need of being ministered to. We believe Rev. Seawood will not only minister to the requirements of our congregation, but also get involved in the Twin Cities and North Minneapolis in particular.”
Rev. Seawood accepted the call into Christian Ministry in 1986 while serving in the Air Force and was licensed into the Gospel Ministry in 1990 in Denver, Colorado by the King Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. He was later ordained in June 1997 by Macedonia Baptist Church and the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountain Region. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Rev. Seawood was pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church from February 2000 until his recent calling at FMBC.
Rev. Seawood says he is excited about assuming the senior pastorate of Fellowship. “I believe the pastorate is a sacred stewardship between pastor, congregation and community. I look forward to loving, leading, liberating and lifting the people of FMBC and North Minneapolis” Married to the former Andrena Bundy of Baltimore, Maryland, the Seawoods have one son, Matthew who is seven years old.