Senior Pastor

  • Reverend Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr.

    Reverend Dr. Alvin Armstead is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He was licensed to preach the gospel and ordained at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, Virginia, under the visionary leadership of Rev. Dr. Dwight Riddick. While at Gethsemane, Reverend Armstead was actively involved with the youth ministry and served as the Minister to Young Adults. Through the outlets of these ministries he availed himself to be used of God in the areas of preaching, teaching, mentoring, administration and leadership development.


    In 2008, Rev. Armstead was called to serve as the Pastor of Cypress Baptist Church in Surry, Virginia. During his pastorate there, the growing congregation expanded its mission and vision, implemented new outreach programs, initiated youth-focused ministries, and organized many other programs to demonstrate love, educate, and communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its congregation and the community at large. 


    Rev. Armstead was called to serve at the First Union Baptist Church (Dill Road), Richmond, Virginia, in September 2011. Vibrancy and progress earmarked Rev. Armstead’s path. During his tenure, the church experienced tremendous growth in attendance at worship services and Bible study, and new souls were added to the church.  Rev. Armstead’s heart for growing the congregation and serving the community were evident as he worked diligently to encourage discipleship and spiritual formation. In August 2018, Rev. Dr. Armstead was called by God to lead the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is the third pastor of this unique congregation that originated as two Baptist churches which merged to serve the greater Winston-Salem community in a more impactful way.  


    In May 2018, Rev. Armstead completed his doctoral thesis entitled “Living Beyond Sunday: Preaching as a Catalyst for Discipleship” and was awarded the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He received his Master of Divinity degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where he graduated with honors. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia.  


    Additionally, Rev. Armstead has held several positions in the public and private sectors. He continues to be a sought-after preacher and teacher, yet he is humbled when he considers how God has ordered his steps in life and ministry.


    Dr. Armstead is married, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Aria and Alauna.