Mark A. Dennis, Jr.
The Reverend Mark A. Dennis, Jr. is the eleventh Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church and was called to provide greater leadership in spiritual formation, strategic visioning, community development and pastoral care.
Vocationally, Reverend Dennis has served as: President, The Alford Group Inc., (a highly acclaimed national consulting firm best suited to strengthen the not-for-profit sector); Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement, Assistant Professor, Church Music and Worship; Director of Continuing Education for Clergy and Laity all at Howard University School of Divinity. Reverend Dennis has also served as Associate Pastor, Third Street Church of God, Reverend Dr. Samuel G. Hines, Senior Pastor.
His professional experience includes service as: Instructor of Music Theory/Composition and Coordinator of The Upward Bound Program, Bowling Green State University; Minister of Music, Asbury United Methodist Church (District of Columbia), First Church of God, (Toledo, Ohio), Martin Street Church of God (Atlanta), and the Third Street Church of God (District of Columbia. He has also served as: Interim Pastor of both Progressive Baptist Church (Chicago) and Second Baptist Church (Evanston); Facilitator and Consultant to numerous “houses of worship, seminaries, colleges, hospitals, foundations and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States.
He is the holder of several degrees: Master of Divinity, Cum Laude, Howard University School of Divinity; Master of Music, Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College and coursework leading to the Ph.D. degree (Professional/Staff Development) at the University of Maryland. Honors include: The Preacher’s Hall of Fame, Morehouse College; The Benjamin E. Mays Fellow, (The Fund for Theological Education); The Benjamin Franklin Award, (“The Best Professional Leader in Philanthropy, 2000” (Chicago area); The D.B. Barton Award in Pastoral Theology; Outstanding Young Americans; Who’s Who among Black Americans; International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians; and Pianoforte Competition--Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eta Lambda Chapter, Reverend Dennis is a frequent speaker, and Facilitator. He has served on the Boards of: North Park University; The Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy (vice president); Board of Visitors, “the Church and the Black Experience”, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary; The Advisory Board, Metropolitan Family Service of Evanston; The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation, the (co-chair) Charitable Advisory Commission, Office of the Attorney General, State of Illinois and many others. Rev. Dennis has a few compositions and publications to his credit. The most recent is Careers in Fundraising, (L. Wagner, editor, Wiley Publication, 2002).
Pastor Dennis aspires toward excellence and firmly believes that all people have the potential to grow and provide leadership within their sphere of influence. To this end, he often paraphrases the words of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays: “Low Aim is Sin”. Most of all, Reverend Mark A. Dennis, Jr is the proud father of four adults and delighted grandfather of four youthful and healthy grandchildren.
Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Avenue, Evanston IL 60201, 847-869-6955