Rev. Dr. Anthony N. Witherspoon
Reverend Dr. Anthony Witherspoon has served as the Pastor of Washington Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in St. Louis Missouri since 2000. In 2017, he was elected to serve as the President of the A.M.E. Zion Church’s International Ministers and Lay Association for the 2017-2021 quadrennial.
He has served as State President of the North Carolina Head Start Association; as an Adjunct Professor of Religion/Ethics at Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, North Carolina; as a faculty member of North Carolina Wesleyan College, Goldsboro North Carolina and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of African American Religious Studies at St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri.
During his ministry tenure of more than thirty years, Dr. Witherspoon has served as Youth Pastor at Brighton Rock A.M.E. Zion Church (Portsmouth, Virginia); Senior Pastor at Huntersville A.M.E. Zion Church (Huntersville, North Carolina), Senior Pastor of New Jersey A.M.E. Zion Church (Lexington, North Carolina); Senior Pastor of Fair Promise A.M.E. Zion Church (Sanford, North Carolina) and Senior Pastor of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church (Goldsboro, North Carolina) in addition to serving as an Associate Minister at Clement Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church (Portland, Maine).
Dr. Witherspoon is very active in his community having served by appointment from the Honorable Governor Matt Blunt as a Commission on the Emancipation Day Commission for the State of Missouri and currently serves as a Commissioner on the 21st Judicial Circuit Commission by appointment of the Honorable Governor Jeremiah Nixon. He has served on the Doorways Assisted Living Board, the Executive Board of the Monsanto YMCA, Interfaith Partnership Board (Cabinet member and First Vice Chair) and Churches United in Christ Board. He is currently serving on the Faith Communities United Board of St. Louis and Executive Committee of the Clergy Coalition of Metropolitan St. Louis. Dr. Witherspoon is also an active member of his local NAACP; the Strategic Planning Committee for the A.M.E. Zion Church; Restructuring Commission for the A.M.E. Zion Church; Program Co-Chair for Evangelism Assembly/Leadership Training Institute for The Midwest Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Missouri Annual Conference, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is the recipient of various awards and accolades including: Outstanding Young Men of America; Who’s Who Among Professionals in America; W.O. Carrington Award for Dedicated and Sacrificial Service by Bishop Ruben L. Speaks and the Western North Carolina Annual Conference; Dean’s List Award, Livingstone College; Dean’s List, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dolly Spence Scholarships, Duke University; E. Moore Award for Outstanding Young Christian Leader, Livingstone College; Huntersville Community Development Award, Huntersville, N.C. and various military awards and commendations from the United States Navy. Dr. Witherspoon was inducted into the Livingstone College United Negro College Fund (U.N.C.F.) Hall Of Fame in February of 2005 and was awarded the Ernest A. Calloway, Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award by St. Louis University for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Dr. Witherspoon earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Duke Divinity School, Durham North Carolina and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri. He is the son of Ms. Elfreida Witherspoon and was married to the late Sherry Renee Pharr. He has two daughters, Brittany and Anquanette, and one grandson, Anthony Noland Ingram.