A Chicago, Illinois native and who comes from a long lineage of Ministerial and Pastoral service. Licensed to preach in 1973 by the Union Baptist Church of Springfield, Ill. and ordained in 1979 by a council of the Woodriver District Association, an affiliate of the Illinois Baptist General State Convention. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Pastor Curtis has matriculated at the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. Has received numerous educational certificates and certifications in his 42 year ministerial career of which an a major highlight was when he received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Eastern Theological Seminary.
From 1990-1994 he served the St. Paul Baptist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana as her 12th Pastor. Currently he is in his 14th year as the Pastor of the 122 year old Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, CT. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Pastor Curtis’ leadership the Grace Baptist is experiencing significant spiritual and numerical growth. To-date over $400,000 in renovations, inclusive of a new HVAC system, state of the art audio/video along with renovations to the sanctuary and church property. Under Pastor Curtis guidance the church has retired the $1.4 million mortgage on the adjacent properties, which leaves the church debt free. Grace Baptist is in the heart of the city, with a heart for the city.
He has held various corporate positions; Vice President, Human Resources (HR) at Universal/NBC, Music Division, East Coast Region based in New York City. He has also held various senior HR positions in the global accounting and consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and the Illinois Department of Revenue.
His religious and community affiliations are extensive as he is the President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention and the Treasurer for the Judah Baptist Association, of Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention (CSMBC). Serves on the Judicial Selection Commission, State of Connecticut. Chaplin to the Norwalk Fire Department and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Directors for Norwalk ACTS which is a diverse partnership of over 100 civic leaders, educators and organizations striving for a better education for all children of Norwalk. Board Member of the Urban League of Southern CT. Past-President of the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP. His current passion is the founding and establishment of the South Norwalk Collegiate Academy, a K-8 charter school of which he will serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Served on the State of Connecticut’s Legislative Achievement Gap Commission/Task Force. He is the husband of Janis (Richardson) Curtis, the father of three daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren.