I’m primarily active in LSP as a faithful attender of the monthly meetings, which is convenient as my church, is presently hosting those meetings. I also am able to attend meetings and programs of numerous cooperating groups throughout the city, especially clergy groups, as I am at many of their meetings as well. My vision is to continue to listen and to learn, to become more active, and as I have the opportunity, to offer what experience and expertise I may have as we seek to grow the impact of LSP and its potential as an agent of racial justice, hope and healing in Memphis.
I am the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Poplar and Parkway and have served here 9.5 years, almost a decade. Prior to Memphis, I served congregations in Lynchburg, VA; Fayetteville, AR; Austin, TX, and Louisville, KY. All total, 30 years. In all of those settings, I have been engaged in a variety of work connected to the goals of racial reconciliation.
I am married to Dr. Leigh Ann Breckenridge, DNP, who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at U of M. She also is a practicing Nurse Practitioner with Hope Primary Care. We have three brilliant and adorable (now largely grown) children, Hannah, Seth, and Micah, and two even more brilliant and even more adorable golden retrievers, Holly and Sammy. I have too many hobbies for the time I have to give them, but among them are music and fishing. If I could successfully fish from a kayak on a lake at the base of a U2 stage as the sun sets on a perfect fall day…I think I could die in peace. I’d at least like to have the choice.