The eleventh Pastor of the history making Bethany Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York, the Reverend Dr. Adolphus C. Lacey is a of Kansas City, KS. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in World History degree from Ottawa University, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University. He also holds a certificate from the Harvard University Divinity School’s Institute for Church-based Community and Economic Development.
Dr. Lacey is a pastor-theologian-activist. He serves as spiritual advisor to the NY Justice League, president of Central Brooklyn Chapter of the National Action Network, convener of the Black Church Collective, co-convener of East Brooklyn Congregations, and member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Social Justice Commission. Believing in the equality of gifting, Dr. Lacey affirmed the need for gender inclusive ministries. He ordained the first female minister in the long-storied history of the Bethany Baptist Church in 2016 and in 2017 he integrated the diaconate by ordaining eight female deacons. Honored for his work and call, the Samuel Dewitt Procter Institute recognized Dr. Lacey’s contributions to the field of preaching by inviting him to deliver a sermon in their renowned “Great Preacher Series,” in 2010.
He was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He was recognized by KCK Public Schools as a “Reason to Believe, in 2016. The National Action Network honored him with the Rev. Dr. William A. Jones Award for Social Justice in 2016 and 2018. He is a board member of New York Theological Seminary and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In addition to his work as an intergenerational pastor, professor and community leader, Dr. Lacey counts among his most cherished blessings his role as husband of the incomparable Cheryl Mathews Lacey and father of Cameryn Alexandra and Adolphus Matthew.