Rev. Dr. Lindsay E. Curtis
A Chicago, Illinois native 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 44 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 served the St. Paul Baptist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana as her 12th Pastor. Currently is in the 16th year as the Pastor of the historic 125-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. In November of 2010 Grace Baptist retired a $1.4 million mortgage on the adjacent properties. Grace Baptist is in the heart of the city, with a heart for the city, with the mantra, “S.O.U.L.Purpose, to Seek the Lost, to Optimize gifts and talents, the Utilize those gifts and talents and to Love God and each other.
He has held various corporate positions; Vice President, Human Resources (HR) at Universal/NBC, based in New York City. Also has held various senior HR positions in the global accounting and consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and the Illinois Department of Revenue.
He has received numerous recognitions and awards, just to name a few:
- Rotary Club of Norwalk – Appreciation
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Citizen of the Year
- Neon – Community Action Award
- Norwalk NAACP – Rev J.P. Ball Memorial Award for Leadership
- United Way of Coastal Fairfield County – Elizabeth Roberts Changing the Odds for Children Award
- Stepping Stones Children Museum – Stepping up for Children Award
- State Conference NAACP – 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut (2015)
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, term 2018. 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. Urban League of Southern CT., Board Member. Past-President of the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP. 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.