President President Cleveland McFarland, Jr
Rev. Cleveland McFarland Jr., a native of Shubuta, Ms, has been the eminent pastor of the Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Mobile, Al, since July 1989. He was born in Columbus, Ms to proud parents: the late Rev. Cleveland McFarland Sr. and Ms. Annie M. McFarland. He is married to the former Vickie Renee Holland of Detroit, Michigan.
Pastor McFarland graduated from Dancing High School, Detroit Michigan in 1974. He began his Theology studying at the Detroit Bible College, Detroit, Michigan. He continued his Theology education at Selma University, Selma, Al, and in May of 1990, he was awarded his Bachelor of Theology degree.
Pastor McFarland’s life evolved in a “preacher mecca.” There were many preachers in his family besides his father, who was his greatest inspiration. Other family members who are preachers include a father-in-law, an uncle, and three brothers. Pastor McFarland preached his initial sermon at the Centeridge Baptist Church, DeSoto, Ms, at the age of 15. He went on to become pastor of two churches; the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Melvin, Al; and the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Sandersville, Ms, before his call to pastor Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Mobile, Al.
Some of Rev. McFarland’s past array of services includes: President of the Student
Government Association (SGA), while a student at Selma University. In the Mobile area: Member of the Ministerial Assistance Board at the Strickland Youth Center; Member of the Prichard Credit Union Board, Prichard, Al; President of the Mobile Baptist Ministers Conference & Environs; Member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Board of School Commissioners; and Member of the 100 Black Men Coalition of Mobile Inc.
Pastor McFarland is currently the Moderator of the Mobile District Sunlight Baptist Association, Mobile, Al; and President of the Moderator’s Division of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. As Pastor of the Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church, he urges and inspires his congregants to continue be a beacon light, shining bright for the entire Metropolitan Mobile community.