Reverend A.A.W. Motley
Pastor Anthony Avery Wagner Motley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He received his elementary school education at Whitley Elementary School in Plateau, Alabama. His family then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his high school education at Woodard High School. He began his college career at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio majoring in Philosophy. He later transferred his credits to Morehouse College where he majored in Religion and minored in Philosophy earning a bachelor’s degree in 1980. Upon completing graduate theological studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education.
Reverend Motley comes from a deeply religious family from whom the Lord has called many ministers. He received Christ at the age of eight and was called into the ministry when he was eighteen years of age. His father, the late Dr. D. L. Motley, Sr., the renowned and respected Pastor Emeritus of the Peace Baptist Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio licensed and ordained him in 1971 and 1973, respectively.
Reverend Motley has served the following churches: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Tallapoosa, Georgia, Wares Grove Baptist Church in Cedartown, Georgia, and Flat Rock Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia. On September 7, 1980, Reverend Motely accepted the pastorship of Lindsay Street Baptist Church where he has faithfully served for 41 years. Under the visionary leadership of Pastor Motley, the congregation of Lindsay Street has built and paid off the mortgage of their current worship edifice which seats upwards of 1,000 people. A much sought after speaker, lecturer, teacher, and preacher Pastor Motley has a servant’s heart of genuine care, compassion, and concern for the wholeness of God’s people.
Pastor Motley is deeply involved in community engagement that seeks to improve the conditions of the socially and economically oppressed and the spiritually impoverished among us. He is active within many local and global organizations which include: The Concerned Black Clergy, Past President of the New Era State Convention of Georgia, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Convention, past President of the Atlanta Baptist Ministers’ Union, board member of Vine City Housing Ministry and the chairman of the English Avenue Community Development Corporation. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Morris Brown College, 1998-2002.
Pastor Motley is the proud father to one daughter, Shaunae and the proud grandfather to one granddaughter, Sanaa Lauren.
“The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
- ISAIAH 61:10 -