Pastor Prince │ Brief Biography
Reverend Dr. A. Carl Prince, Lead Pastor of Philadelphia City of Praise in Philadelphia, PA is a University of Oxford educated Black Baptist Church theological scholar, summa cum laude Howard University Doctor of Ministry (DMin) recipient, US Library of Congress published pastor and served as the first African American Baptist Minister on the Richmond City Council in Richmond, Virginia.
A. CARL PRINCE, D.MIN.
Pastor Prince Printable Biography
Among Baptist Church pastors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend Dr. A. Carl Prince, Lead Pastor and founder of Philadelphia City of Praise Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA is a nationally recognized leader of the African-American pulpit. In the spirit of Jesus Christ, the moral conscience of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social justice advocacy and community development commitment of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Pastor Prince is a superlative second generation Baptist Church Lead Pastor.
Dr. Prince homogenizes spirituality with social and civic engagement and is one of the most socially, scholarly and spiritually relevant pastors and religious scholars of his generation. He knows and has been involved in mitigating urban and congregational challenges and has provided solutions to many of the most critical cultural and congregational challenges of our day.
Having served historic pastorates from Prince George’s County to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dr. Prince’s pastoral and public presence has been enormously felt in multivariate and innovative manners through preaching and teaching, advocacy and breaking ground for community development. In terms of gender justice in the Black Church, Dr. Prince affirms women in ministry. In Virginia, he appointed the first female church treasurer, chair of trustees and licensed the first woman minister since 1878. In Philadelphia, he consecrated women as Deaconesses and ordained a very capable woman clergy who had been overlooked for ordination for over two decades.
As a public official in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Prince made human, community and downtown development a priority by advocating for under served communities, making public appointments, funding public projects and encouraging citywide development. Prince affirms intercultural, interfaith and intergenerational engagement and his public affairs involvement has allowed him to collaborate with an impressive array of constituencies from the civic, corporate, collegiate and ecclesiastical community.
Dr. Prince has impeccable preaching pedigree. In addition to serving as the son of a Baptist pastor of four simultaneous Virginia pastorates, he was licensed to preach the Gospel at First Baptist Church of South Richmond where he served 12-years as President of the W.H. Fox Laymen, Adult Sunday School Instructor, Member of the Security Team and as a member of the Male Chorus. Dr. Prince was ordained by Cedar Street Baptist Church of God in Richmond's East End and served as Assistant-to-the-Pastor until he was called to his first pastorate in Prince George’s County.
Dr. Prince is deeply conscious of and committed to mitigating the contemporary challenges of the Millennial Generation particularly black males. He encourages Black Church advocacy on behalf of Millennial Generation black males and has opened pathways for their service in Black Church ministry. In the Virginia State Penitentiary, Prince served as a prison minister to incarcerated black males. In his Virginia pastorate he ordained one of the youngest deacons in the state as well as ordained other young deacons.
In Philadelphia, Dr. Prince created ministries for millennial generation involvement and ordained black males to the gospel ministry. Dr. Prince is not only a seminary trained pastor but is a socially conscious and terminally trained theological scholar who graduated Howard University (HU) summa cum laude with highest honors and was Oxford educated at Oxford University in Oxfordshire, England.
Dr. Prince's Social Justice Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) dissertation was focused in Black Church Advocacy on behalf of the Millennial Generation and case studied the triple shootings of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri and Ex-Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina. Prince’s distinguished doctoral thesis committee led by theological scholar and author Dr. Cain Hope Felder, a now retired Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and former Chair of the D.Min. Program at Howard University rigorously reviewed and recommended Prince’s doctoral thesis project for publishing and can be accessed at Howard University School of Divinity.
As a D.Min. candidate at HU, Prince was published by the US Library of Congress for his sermon Simply Marvelous that celebrated the historic election of the first African American US President in the personage of Barack H. Obama. In addition to his doctoral studies, Prince was Oxford educated in theology at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England where sat at the feet of some of the world's most celebrated scholars.
Dr. Prince has served on numerous municipal, for-profit and nonprofit boards and committees and has hosted scores of citywide symposiums for community awareness and empowerment. He has preached nationally, led the consecration and ordination of church leadership, baptized new believers, wedded lovers, counseled couples, made hospital rounds providing pastoral care spiritual and emotional support to the ill and incurably ill and brought comfort and encouragement, motivation and inspiration to thousands as he has preached nationally.
Dr. Prince is married to the love of his life and is a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Pastors & Ministers Conference and is dually aligned with the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. and Progressive National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Howard University Commencement
Pastor Prince pictured with graduates prior to the HU commencement processional.