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Pastor Otis Dion Culliver

Pastor Otis Dion Culliver

Pastor Otis Dion Culliver, M. Div.- a native of Monroeville, Alabama- currently serves as the senior pastor of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama.

Prior to accepting the call to serve Tabernacle Church, he served as the Pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Beatrice, Alabama for four and one half years. He founded ODC Ministries in 2014 to equip the saint, evangelize the sinner, and exalt the SAVIOR (www.pastorodc.com). This ministry focuses on biblical teaching, expository preaching, church consultation, relevant blogging, and compassionate missions.

Pastor Culliver is a graduate of Monroe County High School. He furthered his education at Alabama Southern Community College, where he received an Associate of Science degree in General Business.

Afterward, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Troy University-Troy, Alabama. In May 2012, he earned a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

While there, he was the recipient of the 2012 James Earl Massey Preaching Award for outstanding achievement in the study of pastoral theology and the practice of Christian ministry through the proclamation of the Gospel. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree candidate in Christian Preaching with a concentration in Spiritual Formation at Beeson Divinity School. His dissertation and research project is Social Consciousness in Expository Preaching: The Role of Preaching in Cultivating a Socially Conscious Congregation.

Pastor Culliver is a strong advocate for Christian Education. He believes there can be no true transformation without truth (biblical information). He presently serves as the Chairman of the Selma University School of Religion.
His vision is to partner with the administration to transform Selma University into a capstone of theological education for the Black church in Alabama and the southern region. Homiletics, Pastoral Theology, and Spiritual Formation are his research interest.

Pastor Culliver is often-sought out as a preacher, church consultant, and motivational speaker. His future plans are to continue to pursue excellence in ministry as a pastor, preacher, teacher, and writer. He desires to embrace the world with a ministry that shows the love of Christ, edifies the body of Christ, and glorifies the name of Jesus Christ.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, 100 Black Men of America (Selma chapter), Selma African-American Ministerial Alliance, and Beeson Divinity School Advisory Board. He is married to the former Mashika Tempero. Although he has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and accolades, he considers himself a humble servant of the Most High God. Soli Deo Gloria!