Reverend Doctor Walter R. Dean is the fourth of nine children born to the late Simon and Julia Dean. He grew up in Somerville, Tennessee where he received his basic education. Since then, Reverend Dean has had several educational accomplishments to include a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology Education from Norfolk State University, a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling from Hampton University and further studies at Virginia Seminary and College and Virginia Commonwealth University; Advance Management at the University of Nevada. Reverend Dean received his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from the Providence Bible College and Seminary.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy after high school and served honorably for four years. It was during this time that Reverend Dean was filled with the precious Holy Spirit and recognized the call to the ministry. A few years later, that call was answered and Reverend Dean was licensed and ordained to the ministry by the Shalom Baptist Church of Newport News, Va. and the late pastor Dr. J. Brackett Reid.
Reverend Dean has been the Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church since 1972. He was the former Pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in West Point, Virginia. An active member of the Peninsula Pastors Council; the Tidewater Peninsula Baptist Association (past president); Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; and is a recipient of W.E.B. DuBois Citation for Outstanding Scholarship. Reverend Dean is the former Director of the Newport News Juvenile Court Services, a branch of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Corrections, where he was actively involved in working with various agencies in an effort to prevent juvenile delinquency and domestic violence in the community for over 31 years.
Over the years Reverend Dean has received various accolades and awards in response to his selfless dedication to serve. Among those recognitions is the “Connecting the World with Home” Foreign Mission Honoree. This achievement, awarded by the Tidewater Peninsula Baptist Association Foreign Mission Board, is given to those who exemplify the Great Commission and to those who serve as models for others to emulate. Pastor Dean received his award in 2015 during the prestigious 2nd Annual Black Tie Foreign Missions Ball.
He is married to the former Ernestine Morgan and they have two children, Jonathan and Allyson. This man of God is humble in spirit, patient, and God-fearing. He preaches and teaches the truth of God's Holy Word and he has a genuine love for the people of God.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
171 Semple Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone: (757) 865-1480
Fax: (757) 865-0632
Rev. Dr. Walter R. Dean, Pastor
Sis. Ernestine Dean, First Lady
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