Dr. Gregory T. Headen
Dr. Gregory T. Headen is a native of Goldston, NC and has been in the ministry for over 48 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pembroke State University (Now UNC Pembroke) in 1973. He earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC in 1976, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC in 1984. During the same year, he was appointed Professor of Practical Theology at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC while serving as Dean of Students.
During his seven-year career at Shaw, he also served as Dean of Academic Affairs and President. In 1989, Shaw Divinity School conferred upon him the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. He visited the White House twice during the Reagan Administration. He has served as Pastor of the following churches in North Carolina:
- Taylors Chapel Baptist Church near Sanford
- First Baptist Church, New Hill
- Elevation Baptist Church, Raleigh, (Interim)
- The Shaw Community Church, Raleigh
- Jackson Chapel First Baptist Church, Wilson
- Shiloh Baptist Church, Greensboro
- Genesis Baptist Church, Greensboro
- United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, Winston Salem (Interim)
- Buncombe Baptist Church, Lexington (Interim)
- Currently serving as Interim Pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, Lexington
Dr. Headen has been the recipient of the Human Services Award from the City of Greensboro’s Human Relations Commission. This award recognized Rev. Headen’s devotion to human rights in his city and community. Headen is a former secretary, president, and treasurer of the Greensboro Pulpit Forum. He currently heads its committee on community healing. The Forum named him “Pastor of the Year” in 2005. He has also received the “Outstanding Alumnus Award” from Pembroke State University. He served as a Co-Chairperson of the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Project and Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Greensboro Branch NAACP.
Dr. Headen is married to the former Miss Doretha Taylor, a retired elementary school teacher who has earned the Master of Adult Education from North Carolina A & T State University. They have two adult children and five grandsons. The Headen’s have traveled extensively in the United States. Their international travel includes Canada, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Israel and Liberia, West Africa where they participated in a conference to eradicate Malaria.