Rev. Dr. LeRoy Wadlington

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Dr. LeRoy Wadlington was born and reared in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he learned hard work from the fields and instructions on succeeding from his father and mother who sharecropped to sustain the family until other opportunities were available.  Rev. Wadlington accepted Jesus Christ on Friday, August 23, 1961. Prior to accepting his call to preach, he served as a musician and a deacon, accepting his call to the ministry in October 1978.

LeRoy Wadlington was employed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi for 21 years; serving as the first African- American in the Clerks’ Division of the United States District Court within the 5th Circuit. He retired in June 1996.

Dr. Wadlington holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin; a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from W. Herbert Brewster Theological Institute, Memphis, Tennessee; Master of Arts, Pastoral Ministry from Southern Baptist Seminary, Nashville, Tennessee; and a Doctor of Divinity from New Millennium Baptist College, Charlotte, North Carolina.

He was very active in the affairs of the Oxford, Lafayette County and University of Mississippi community, and has received numerous awards for his efforts. He served as Dean and Moderator of the Tallahatchie-Oxford District Association, Oxford, Mississippi; President of the New Educational State Convention of Mississippi; and Pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church of Oxford, for 23 years.

Dr. Wadlington is currently the proud Pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana and has served this congregation since February, 2006.  Since arriving in Indianapolis he has continued his service as Treasurer of both the Union District Missionary Baptist Association and the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.  He is a member, and sub-committee chair, of the Indianapolis Racial Reconciliation League.  He is past Chairman of the Board of Not 2 Believers like Us – a faith-based advocacy group against family and domestic violence. 

In 2011, he served as Treasurer of the National Baptist Congress Host Committee of Indiana – organizing and welcoming the 2011 convention to Indianapolis.  Dr. Wadlington led Pilgrim as an organizing member of IndyCAN (Indianapolis Congregation Action Network) — a grassroots community organizing organization.  In 2012 he led the charge, and succeeded, to reinstate Pilgrim as an official polling location for the elections in the city of Indianapolis.  Under Dr. Wadlington’s leadership, Pilgrim partnered with community developers in the building of Clifton Square Senior Housing Community (which opened in Spring 2015) to provide affordable senior housing and services in the United Northwest Area of Indianapolis. 

LeRoy Wadlington is married to Mrs. Pearlie W. Wadlington.  They have four children; and six grandchildren.