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The Reverend Dr. Michael T. Bell is native of Marshall, Texas and his early education was through the Harrison County Public School system. Jesus Christ is his personal Savior and Lord! Pastor Bell has served the congregation of Peace Baptist Church, located at 712 18th Street NE, Washington, D.C., since 1998. During his tenure, Peace has acquired several homes, consolidated lots, razed properties, and has expanded, redirected, and realigned ministries.
The sound, selfless leadership of Pastor Bell and the combined effort of the Congregation resulted in the completion of a major renovation project that started just prior to one of the most devastating financial collapses since the Great Depression. Reverend Dr. Bell's approach to ministry demonstrates love for the People, not the pursuit of a personal agenda. To the glory of God, Peace Baptist Church has experienced numerous persons accepting faith in Jesus Christ who are being developed into mature disciples. Pastor Bell has instituted a Biblically-based, Christ-centered, Community-oriented, teaching ministry that is also steeped in the authentic expression of the African American preaching tradition.
The Progressive National Baptist Convention and the European Command Chief of Chaplains' Office endorsed Reverend Dr. Bell to provide ministry for soldiers serving in the European Command. While on active duty, Dr. Bell served three congregations in Germany: the Mainz Baptist Fellowship in Mainz, the Zion Baptist Fellowship and the Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Mannheim, where he was the organizing Pastor. Pastor Bell instituted a succession plan that enabled the Zion Baptist Church to function on the German economy without assistance from the government or any Convention. However, it was aligned with the Progressive National Baptist Convention USA.
From 1992-1998, Reverend Dr. Bell served as Pastor of the Little Ark Baptist Church in King George, Virginia.
Full of the Holy Ghost and anointed for Pastoral Ministry, he is a serious student and disciple. He graduated from the City College of Chicago with an Associate degree; the University of Maryland at Heidelberg, Germany with a Bachelor of Science degree; and returning to the United States, he attended the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., and transferred to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at the Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, with a Master of Divinity Degree, graduating Cum Laude. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, as a Samuel D. Proctor–Otis Moss, Jr. fellow.
Reverend Dr. Bell is married to Rev. Dr. E. Faith Montgomery of Buffalo, New York and they are the proud parents of three adult sons. They have seven grandchildren.