Pastor PrinceBrief 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.



Dr. A. Carl 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 underserved communities, making public appointments, funding public projects, and encouraging citywide development. Prince affirms intercultural, interfaith, and inter-generational 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, and 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 church security team and as a member of the male chorus. Dr. Prince was ordained by Cedar Street Baptist Church of God in Richmond's Historic Church Hill 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 among 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. As a city official, he sponsored legislation to study the homicide rate among black males. In his Virginia pastorate he ordained a black male as one of the youngest deacons in the state as well as ordained other young deacons. As a Philadelphia pastor, 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 from Howard University (HU) with a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree summa cum laude.  Dr. Prince's Social Justice Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) dissertation was entitled, Mobilizing Black Churches on Behalf of the Millennial Generation: A Resource Manual for Social Justice that 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 was led by the late theological scholar and author, Dr. Cain Hope Felder.  Dr. Felder was a renowned and respected Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Chair of the D.Min. Program at Howard University. Dr. Felder and the D.Min. Committee rigorously reviewed and recommended Prince’s doctoral thesis project for publishing and it 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. 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 served and preached nationally. 

Dr. Prince is married to the love of his life, is a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Pastors & Ministers Conference and holds quadrilateral affiliation with the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., Progressive National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the American Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ.


Howard University Commencement

Dr. A. Carl Prince pictured left with Howard University undergraduates prior to the HU commencement processional. Go HU!  Pictured right, Dr. Prince is undergoing Ghanaian enstoolment in a Ghanaian enstoolment ceremony in Philadelphia. He was joined by an African Queen Mother and members of the Ghanaian community.  Enstoolment is a West African tribal celebration of traditional Africa that raises a chief to power.  Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. and the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Washington, DC served as our guests for the high, holy and historic occasion. 

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