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Calhoun, William C., Sr.

(born: 1949) 

Reverend William C. Calhoun, Sr. is a native of Frankfort, KY.  He is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in West Baltimore, MD.  He was host of the ecumenical program Lift Every Voice that aired Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. on WMAR TV Channel 2 in Baltimore. The program came on the air in 1980 and by 1999,  Rev. Calhoun was the coordinator, writer, producer, and host. Lift Every Voice was the longest running locally produced television program in Maryland when it ended in 2002. Rev. W. C. Calhoun, Sr. is a 1971 graduate of Judson University with a B.A. in music; a 1974 graduate of the School of Theology at Virginia Union University (now Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology) and was ordained at the First Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY; and he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary in 1990. He has served in a number of leadership positions, including president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and he chaired the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland Ecumenical Council. He was a professor of Urban Ministry at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University. Rev. Calhoun is the son of the late Myrtle Scott and William T. Calhoun. The family attended St. John AME Church in Frankfort until they moved to Rantoul, IL in the 1960s. For more see Mary C., "Trinity Baptist pastor hosts 'Lift Every Voice' on Channel 2," Baltimore Afro-American, 02/13/1999, p.A8 [online at Google News]; see the biography of Rev. Dr. W. C. Calhoun, Sr. [.pdf]; Member Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun, Sr. at the Maryland Transportation Authority website; and Our Pastor, a Trinity Baptist Church website.

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