Biographical Sketch of Our Pastor


Elder Billy E. Wright


Former President of the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Headquartered in Dallas, Texas 

Elder Billy Earl Wright was born September 20, 1947 in Texarkana, Texas to the parentage of the late Louis and Lorine Wright.
He is married to the former Aletha M. Jenkins, RN of Little Rock, Arkansas. At present, they have been married for 49 years. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, June 28th, 2020. To this union was born three lovely daughters:  Candace, Tammi, and Chaya.


May 1973

Master of Divinity Degree

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan


May 1970

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Southwestern Adventist University

Keene, Texas


Dec 1965 – May 1967

Studied in Electrical Engineering

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas


Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas

Served in various capacities as follows:
December 1972 to May 1973
Associate Pastor:  Ephesus Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

May 1973 to October 1976
District Pastor:  Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas

October 1976 to March 1979
District Pastor:  Ft. Worth and Wichita Falls, Texas/Ardmore, Oklahoma

March 1979 to May 1991
Director of:  Youth Ministries /Pathfinders /National Service Organization/Singles Organization/Family Life Ministries/Health and Temperance Departments

May 1991 to May 2000
Executive Secretary/Communications Director/Stewardship Director/Ushers’ Director

May 2000 to May 2011
President of the Southwest Region Conference

September 2011 to Present
Pastor of:  Cleburne Emmanuel English Church, Cleburne, TX & Mt. Lebanon Church, Waco, TX



Founder of “BASIC” (Black Adventist Singles in Christ; Black Adventist Singles International Club; Born Again Singles in Christ)
Originator of “UNITED FEDERATIONS" concept within all conferences.
Founder of “Family Life Programs” in the Southwest Region Conference. Including workshops on Communication, Conflict Resolution, Anger in the Life of A Christian, How to Cope with Depression, Parent-teen Relationships, Rock and Christian Rock, Singleness – To Be or Not To Be, A Theology of Sex, Self-Esteem - I Am Somebody, Dating and Courtship Techniques, Homosexuality and the Christian, Who’s the Boss In the House?
Founder of the “Bible Spelling Bee Program” of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Founder of the “Conference-wide Olympics Program” in Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Founder of the “Annual Youth Awards Banquet” in Southwest Region Conference  of Seventh-day Adventists


September 1967:  One of four African-American students to integrate Southwestern Adventist University (Southwestern Union College) in Keene, Texas

May 1970:  Became the first African-American to graduate from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas

May 2000:  Became the first African-American graduate of Southwestern Adventist University to become president of a Conference.

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