Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr., Emeritus

 
Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr., Emeritus
 
Pastor Fields willingness to lead and make personal sacrifices came early in his adult life with his volunteering to serve militarily our Country in 1968 and acknowledging God’s call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while serving in Vietnam. That same year, he was licensed to preach by the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Logan West Virginia; where, he, following intense study, was ordained in 1970.  

Pastor Fields’ willingness to lead and make personal sacrifices came early in his adult life with his volunteering to serve militarily our Country in 1968 and acknowledging God’s call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while serving in Vietnam.

 

That same year, Fields was licensed to preach by the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Logan West Virginia; where, he, following intense prayer and study, was ordained in 1970.  Prior to leaving the State of West Virginia, Reverend Fields pastored three churches: Shady Grove Baptist Church, Glen White, WV; St. Paul Baptist Temple, Beckley, WV; and First Baptist North Beckley, Beckley, WV.

 

Fields, who was formerly employed as a manager with the West Virginia Bell Atlantic Telephone Company, relocated his family to the Washington, DC area in May 1986.  He united with the Cannon Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. and became a member of the Ministerial Staff, where he faithfully served under the auspices of Reverend Dr. Cornelius Carter.

Reverend Fields continued his preparation to preach and teach by attaining a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in 1994 and 1997, respectively, where he was bestowed the prestigious Seminarian of the Year Award.  In 1998, the Faith Bible College and Seminary conferred upon him a well-earned, Doctor of Philosophy.

In January 1988, Reverend Fields accepted the position as Pastor of the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  In 1994, Pastor Fields placed his faith and fate, totally, in the Hands of the Lord.  He resigned his career to devote his full attention to pastoral ministry.

Continuously yielding to God’s purpose for him, Doctor Fields remains an obedient Under Shepherd – a highly anointed Preacher and Teacher of the Gospel.  As he follows God on this journey, the world has seen many parishioners mature spiritually and many new disciples surrender their lives to the Lord.  Trusting in The Lord with all his heart and encouraging evangelism, the flock increased; and new and expanded outreach programs were born.  The congregation soon outgrew the walls of the land-locked Minnesota Avenue edifice.  So, the Church purchased an approximate 7-acre site, across from the Suitland Metro, where a new edifice was to be constructed.  But, God had a different plan for this dynamic Church.  God, and only God, made it possible for this small, but growing Congregation, to purchase its current Temple Hills edifice, which consists of a 94,000 square foot building and 13 acres.

Continuing to pursue the vision from God, under the leadership of Dr. Fields, Southern Friendship has become a “beacon” to those seeking the Lord; and through its nearly thirty ministries, there is a place to serve and many opportunities to be of service, within the greater community.

Pastor Fields has served as a former President of the National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington DC & Vicinity (NCBC); as an Instructor for the National Capital Baptist Congress of Christian Education; a former Faculty Member of Faith Bible College and Seminary; former Member, Board of Directors, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; and is a member of The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC & Vicinity.

Internationally, Pastor Fields has served as the President of Four Corners International Mission, Inc.; he, along with Pastor Charles Cato and Pastor Eric Barksdale, led the effort to collect over 60,000 pairs of shoes to fund the drilling of two fresh water wells in Kenya.  He visited Kenya in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, including Uganda in 2012, 2014 and 2015.  Accomplishments include the building of two new dormitories; two complete bath rooms; new kitchen; facilitated workshops for local pastors in Uganda; retrofitted the medical clinic; and brought the Word to over 2000 souls in Kenya on several occasions.

In 2013, Pastor Fields visited Israel, as part of a twenty-two-member delegation, representing the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., hosted by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

At home, Pastor Fields actively supports various community events, Prince George’s County Council and the Maryland State Legislature; and he and Lady Fields attended President Obama’s Second Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington Cathedral.

Dr. Fields has preached The Word for fifty years; pastored a total of forty-eight years; and  pastored the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for thirty two years – holding the title for the longest serving pastor in the church’s current history.  Pastor Fields gracefully retired from SFMBC on April 30, 2020.

Pastor Fields is jubilantly married to Lady Mary Kay Fields.  They are the proud parents of Andrea, Brian and Nicole; and Grandpa and Grandma to Nicholas, Ariel, Philip, Antonio, Roland and Zoe.