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Pastor Otis Dion Culliver

Reverend Dr. Otis Dion Culliver

Reverend Dr. Otis Dion Culliver, a native of Monroeville, Alabama, currently serves as the senior pastor of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, AL.  Prior to accepting the call to serve Tabernacle Church, he severed as the pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Beatrice, AL for four and one half years.  He founded ODC Ministries in 2014 to provide information for the educational development of the clergy, organizational development of the church, and the social development of the community (www.pastorodc.com).  This ministry focuses on biblical teaching, expository preaching, church consultation, relevant blogging, compassionate missions, educational seminars, and spiritual empowering conferences.

Pastor Culliver is a 2003 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 in 2005.  In 2007, he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Troy University.  In May 2012 he earned the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  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 earned his Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in Christian Preaching with a concentration in Spiritual Formation at Beeson Divinity School.  His dissertation and research project was 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 has served as the Chairman of the Selma University School of Religion.  He has served as an adjunct instructor at Wallace Community College – Selma.  Moreover, he has been a guest lecturer at several colleges, conferences, and seminars.

Pastor Culliver is a denominational leader in the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc.  In June 2022, Pastor Culliver was elected president of the Southwest District State Convention.  He is the youngest individual to serve in this capacity.  Homiletics, Pastoral Theology, and Spiritual Formation are his research interest.

Pastor Culliver is often-sought out as a preacher, lecturer, 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, Alabama Missionary Baptist State Convention, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and Beeson Divinity School Advisory Board.  He is married to Mashika Tempero Culliver and they are the proud parents of Otilya Teresa Freedom Culliver. 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!