Wallis C. Baxter III, Ph.D. is a native of Rocky Mount, N.C. and grew up in Marietta, GA. After attending Morehouse for his BA degree and Duke Divinity School for his M.Div., Dr. Baxter completed his Ph.D. in African American Literature at Howard University. Dr. Baxter currently teaches African American Literature at Gettysburg College. He is the author of the forthcoming publication You Must Be Born Again: Phillis Wheatley as Prophetic Poet (Lexington Books, 2021). In addition, he is co-editing a two-volume series of sermons entitled Preaching During a Pandemic: The Rhetoric of the Black Preaching Tradition (Peter Lang, 2022).
In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Baxter is active in his community. He serves as a Board Member with both the Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity and the DC Baptist Convention. He is President of the Congress of Christian Education for the Eastern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, First Vice President of the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland, immediate past President of the Langston Hughes Society, and founding President of Helping Hands of Maryland CDC, Inc. Dr. Baxter also serves as the Senior Pastor of the Second Baptist Church (formerly of Southwest DC) in District Heights, MD.
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