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Selected Presenter Biographies

The Reverend Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph. D.

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock has served, since 2005, as the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Having responded to the call to ministry at a very early age, Dr. Warnock became, at age 35, the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the senior pastorate of this congregation, founded in 1886.  Yet, before coming to Ebenezer, “America’s Freedom Church,” he was blessed to train and serve within the pastoral ranks of leading congregations also known for their deep spiritual roots and strong public witness.  He began as an intern and licentiate at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama, a leading light during Dr. King’s Birmingham Campaign.  From there, he served for six years as the Youth Pastor and four years as the Assistant Pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City – also one of the nation’s leading congregations, led by the likes of The Rev. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., The Rev. Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor and now The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts.  Finally, before taking the helm of Ebenezer, Pastor Warnock immersed himself further in the challenges of urban ministry, in the 21st century, while serving for 4 ½ years as the Senior Pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church, also a spiritual base of social activism.  


Bishop Horace E. Smith, MD

Bishop Horace E. Smith, MD is a man gifted with a passion for God's Word coupled with a love for God's people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that overflows in every facet of his life. As pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church and an attending physician specializing in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Memorial Hospital, Dr. Horace E. Smith has treated bodies and souls for three decades.

Bishop Horace E. Smith M.D. was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He was raised alongside two sisters and three brothers by his parents Shirley and Albert Smith. After the passing of Bishop Smith’s mother, his grandmother, Alberta Pryor, moved into the home and not only helped meet the needs of the children naturally, but also trained them spiritually.

Mario Majette, MD, MPH

Dr. Majette is the Chief Executive Officer of The Doctors Next Door Urgent Care in Silver Spring, MD. He began this entrepreneurial venture into Urgent Care Medicine in 2012 after working for 12+ years in the Urgent Care Department for Kaiser Permanente.

He is Board Certified in two specialties: Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.

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