Rev. Timothy Flemming Sr.
About Rev. Timothy Flemming Sr.
Rev. Timothy Flemming was born on December 31, 1950, in Macon, Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Flemming, Sr. He began preaching at the age of 11, at the Ross Street Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia, under the pastorage of the late Rev. J.J. Jordan. He was soon known throughout Georgia as the “The Boy Preacher.” At the age of 14, he became youth minister of five churches, and brought many young people to Christ. At age 19, he was ordained as the Assistant Pastor of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where he was a member. Two months later, he was called to the Pastorship of his first church, Forest Chapel Baptist Church in Pinehurst, Georgia. Rev. Flemming has pastored five other churches; Mt. Gilgal of Twiggs County, Georgia; New Liberty of Wilkerson County, Georgia; Zion Hill of Macon, Georgia; and Faith Tabernacle of Atlanta, Georgia. At the young age of 24, he became pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
In between fulfilling his calling into the ministry, Rev. Timothy Fleming still managed to achieve many educational goals. He received a diploma in Theology from the American Baptist Theological Extension Seminary in Nashville, TN. He studied two years at Mercer University in Macon, and he earned his B.A. Degree from Morehouse College in 1986. He has a Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the National Theological Seminary and College of Baltimore, M.D. and on the 2nd day of June, 2013 he received the Doctrine of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, Florida.
As a community activist, Rev. Timothy Flemming along with Rev. P. Henderson Little, together led a protest in 1967 in Macon, Georgia, against the discrimination practice of non-African American policemen; and Afro American Youth for summer and after school summer jobs. In 1988, Rev. Flemming joined up with Doctor Joseph E. Lowery, in a protest against banks in Atlanta which discriminated against small African American business and churches, and as a result many of those small black businesses and churches were awarded loans to build. In 1996, Rev. Timothy Flemming founded the Greenbrier Merchant Business Association and he is the host of the Southwest Community Restoration Meetings.
He was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame as an outstanding recording artist.
After the tragedy of 911 in New York City, Rev. Timothy Flemming’s tribute “It is a Mean Ole World to Live in – Old Camp Meeting Song,” was aired on CNN Network around the world to heal the nation from that tragedy for thirty one (31) days.
Upscale Magazine has twice listed him as one of America’s greatest preacher and sermon builders.
He was appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Advisory Board for Atlanta’s Mayor Bill Campbell.
He was the first Afro-American preacher to be invited to preach in Calcutta, India.
Dr. Flemming was appointed to the National Council of Churches Committee of America to represent Baptists around the world.
Rev. Timothy Flemming along with Doctor Joseph Lawry and Doctor Joseph Roberts was invited to the White House to be a part of the President Bill Clinton’s Health Plan.
He is the author of “Coping with the Uncopiable” and “How to be a Cool Christian in a Hostile Environment”.
As a Pastor he has been the Pastor the famed “Mount Carmel Baptist Church” for over forty years.
As a businessman, he is founder, president, and owner of God’s Strength Records. This national record label has featured such artists as Margaret Davie of Atlanta, Katie Graham of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Mass Choir, and the Praisebreakers.
Many people know Rev. Flemming not only for his leadership and preaching abilities, but also for his singing ability. Because of his singing talents he has been given several nicknames. Among them: “The Little Man with the Big Voice” and “The Singing Preacher.” He has had the opportunity to preach and sing around the world – Mexico, Israel, The Bahamas, Switzerland, Germany, France, Trinidad, and Singapore. Additionally, Rev. Flemming was the first African American preacher to be invited to minister in Calcutta, India in 1997.
Rev. Flemming is the husband of Mrs. Virginia Lee Jackson-Flemming. They are the proud parents of three sons: the late Rev. Aric Bernard Flemming, Rev. Kenneth Lee Flemming, and Rev. Timothy Flemming, Jr. He is also the proud grandfather of Aric Bernard Smith, Timothy Flemming, III, Timera Flemming, Jeremiah Flemming and he is the father-in-law to Jacqueline Deanna Flemming (Timothy Flemming, Jr.).