The Rev. Dr. Tom Alvin Bailey, Jr., a native of Fayetteville, will be speaking in a revival Oct. 8-10 at St. Paul AME Church.
Services begin at 7 p.m. nightly.
The Rev. Bailey accepted the Lord into his life at a very early age and was compelled to the gospel ministry in 1986. He was licensed in 1988 by the Rev. James Edge of the South LaCrosse Southern Baptist Church in LaCrosse, Wis. He completed his bachelor and master’s degrees at Tennessee Technological University and received his Ph.D. in zoology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Bailey is also furthering his theological education at the Trinity College and Seminary, Newburgh, Ind.
Secularly, Bailey has worked as a researcher with the Department of Interior where he conducted world-renowned research and is author of several scientific publications. Most recently, he retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant director of the Environmental Fate and Effects Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs.
Bailey has been honored with numerous awards, including Outstanding Researcher in 1988 and several Bronze Medal Awards while working in Washington. He was also an invited scientist to serve on special task forces in Ecuador, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France and England.
Bailey is a son of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Fayetteville and the South LaCrosse Southern Baptist Church in Wisconsin. During his formative years in Tennessee, he was deeply involved with the Sunday School, Youth Choir and Christian Youth Congress. While in the Midwest, Bailey served in several leadership capacities, including state convention president of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Men organization. He served as president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Alexandria and Vicinity from 2003 to 2005, is the CEO of Victory Community Development Corp., is a member of the executive board for the Victim to Victory Ministry, Inc., is a board member of Community Coalition for Haiti, is a board member of the Gettysburg Black History Museum, and is a member of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Northern Virginia and Vicinity.
Bailey has also led Mission Trips to Haiti, Guyana and Honduras, where he has preached, taught and ministered.
He served as associate minister at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., from 1990 to 1994 and at the Greater Shiloh Baptist Church from 1996 until being called as pastor of he Victory Temple Missionary Baptist Church (formerly Greater Shiloh Baptist Church) in April 1999. Ministries birthed under Bailey include Man in the Mirror Men’s Ministry, Women’s Empowerment Teaching Ministry, Servant Leadership Training Institute, the Anointed Praise Dance Ministry, Annual Tent Revival, Prison Ministry and several Outreach ministries.
He is married to the former Laura Elizabeth Morris of Baltimore, Md., and is blessed with a beautiful daughter, Angela Nicole. and son, Tom Alvin, III. His personal testimony states, “I am blessed despite my shortcomings. The very least I can do is serve God through my personal sacrifice.” His favorite verse of Scripture is Psalms 119:11 — “Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not Sin against Thee.”
Bailey is rooted in the Holy Scriptures, believes that the Word of God has special power (Hebrews 4: 2) and should be studied diligently (2 Timothy 2:15) through prayer and meditation.