Pastor William Terry Ladd III

Rev. W. T. Ladd III

Rev. William Terry Ladd, III serves as pastor of the First Baptist Church East 8th Street located in Chattanooga, TN. He is the 13th pastor in the 149 year history of the church and is known as a gifted preacher, teacher, and leader for the cause of Christ, social justice, and equality.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Pastor Ladd is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, and Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology, where he earned the Master of Divinity Degree and received the William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Award for Excellence in Leadership. Currently, he is pursuing the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from the Associated Chicago Theological Schools, McCormick Theological Seminary. 

Since his early youth, Pastor Ladd has been actively involved in the work of the Church. He was licensed to preach the gospel and ordained into the gospel ministry at the Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, Georgia, where Rev. Dr. Cameron M. Alexander serves as pastor. It was under Dr. Alexander's tutelage that Pastor Ladd's keen church administrative skills and emphasis on preaching the prophetic message of the social gospel were developed.

Pastor Ladd currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the McAfee School of Theology; President of T.O.F.F.E.E., a Tennessee affiliate of the national social justice organization Gamaliel; Tennessee State Director for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Faith Based Development Initiative; Vice President, Congress of Christian Education of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention; Dean of the Congress of Christian Education for the Chattanooga – Hamilton County Baptist Missionary and Education Association. He is a member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

In 2012, Pastor Ladd was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Board of Preachers, and in 2015, he was elected to the 2015 Class of the College of Pastoral Leadership, Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel.

Pastor Ladd is married to the former Terrilyn Hollings of Mobile, AL and has one son Aaron.


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