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First Corinthian Baptist Church

REV. MICHAEL WALROND is the senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem, NY.  “Pastor Mike,” as he is affectionately known, is considered a visionary, cultural architect and game-changer who is innovatively shifting the paradigm of Christian understanding and culture. 

Within 2 years of his leadership at FCBC, the church experienced exponential growth, tripling its membership.  Over the past 13 years, FCBC has grown from 300 to over 10,000 members.

In 2012, Pastor Mike shaped the vision for The Dream Center, a transformative space designed by the FCBC Community Development Corp. (CDC) to awaken dreams of the community by focusing on creative arts, leadership development and economic empowerment.  In 2016, he opened the H.O.P.E. (Healing on Purpose and Evolving) Center, Harlem’s first faith-based mental health facility.

Walrond’s community and social justice initiatives include the Micah Clergy Roundtable of NYC, A.C.T. Social Justice Ministry, and helping to get the “New York City Living Wage” legislation passed by the City Council.  A graduate of Morehouse College, he is also a National Action Network board member.


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