- Faculty & Staff
UTI 2011 Lecture & Worship Celebration
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
11:15 am Lecture
7:00 pm Evening Worship
The Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw
Lecturer and Preacher
Past President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Profile of Reverend Dr. William J. Shaw
William J. Shaw was born in Marshall, Texas, as the youngest of six children. At a young age, he dedicated his life to serving God. He was baptized at age seven, and preached his trial sermon by age eleven. Growing in faith, he served as supply pastor to his home church at the age of fifteen, and was ordained as Pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Harrison County, Texas at seventeen.
Dr. Shaw has maintained a love of learning throughout his life. At sixteen, he was valedictorian of his high school class. He then attended Bishop College, graduating summa cum laude at age nineteen with a major in Philosophy and Religion and a minor in World History. Dr. Shaw received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree (now known as the Master of Divinity) from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1957. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York in 1975 with an emphasis on Biblical Interpretation from the Black Perspective. A Doctor of Human Letters was conferred upon him in 2000 by Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.
Dr. Shaw has served as Pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 1956. He considers his work as Pastor his highest calling. He has led White Rock through a period of strong growth with the establishment of several outreach ministries, including a science and math after school program and a substance abuse ministry.
In addition to his work as Pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church, Dr. Shaw is a recognized leader in Pennsylvania and across the nation. He serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member ex officio on the Board of Penn Medicine. He has also chaired the hospital’s Human Resources Subcommittee and served on its Long-Range Planning Committee. His other civic affiliations include a seat on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Inc., and membership in the Philadelphia Rotary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows in Black Church Studies, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Airport Advisory Board. Dr. Shaw has also served as Executive Director of the Opportunities Industrialization Center. Dr. Shaw has served as a Council Member on the President’s Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and most recently he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Commissioner on the U S Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Dr. Shaw has been a religious leader on the local, state, and national levels. He served as President of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, Inc., as well as President of The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, The Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, and Union Theological Seminary National Alumni Association. From 1981 through 1994, Dr. Shaw served as Director of the Ministers’ Division of the National Congress of Christian Education. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently the Unitas Award, given by the Alumni Association of the Union Theological Seminary, and the T. B. Maston Foundation Christian Ethics Award from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
On September 9, 1999, Dr. Shaw was elected the sixteenth President of The National Baptist Convention, USA., Inc. During his first term, he led the Convention to become a more Christ Centered body. With Dr. Shaw’s focus on Vision, Integrity, Structure, and Accountability (VISA), the convention reached several milestones including burning the mortgage on the Baptist World Center, paying more than $1.125 million dollars of inherited debt, implementing a retirement plan for Pastors and church workers, establishing fiscal accountability and increasing the role of technology in the Convention. Dr. Shaw was re-elected to the Convention presidency in September 2004 through 2009.
Dr. Shaw is married to Camellia L. Shaw. They are the parents of one son, Timothy, and the grandparents of two granddaughters, Lillian and Brittany.