Bishop Anthony R. Obey
Pastor Anthony R. Obey
Pastor Anthony R. Obey has been the Senior Pastor of New Life Baptist Church for over 18 years, and a preacher of the gospel for over 42 years. He attended the University of Texas-Austin where he majored in Psychology, and San Antonio College where he majored in Business. He continued his studies in Religious Education at Liberty Bible University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Huston-Tillotson, and Masters of Theology degrees from Bridgewater University and International Seminary. On March 30, 2008 Pastor Obey was honored to receive his Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Obey was blessed to deliver the Commencement Address to the graduates in the graduation ceremony.
Pastor Obey was born to Rev. James Earl and Helen Obey in San Antonio, TX. He began his Pastoral Ministry at the age of 21 at Mount Rose Baptist Church in Bastrop, Texas from 1971-1976. In 1976, Pastor Obey was called to lead the Greater Good Hope Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. There, he was led of the Lord to build a magnificent facility with a seating capacity of 900 people. Indeed, the congregation grew to fill the ample space that this facility provided. The ministry was largely due to the strong emphasis on Christian Education and Evangelism that Pastor Obey provided. A private school was founded there by Pastor Obey and is still in existence today. The Greater Good Hope Child Development Center competed annually with the public schools in reading, writing, and mathematic skills with superior results in all categories. Upon completion of his ministry at the Greater Good Hope Baptist Church in 1991, Pastor Obey continued his education while serving at Shiloh Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas.
In October of 1993, Pastor Obey accepted the leadership calling from New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) in Olympia, WA, where the ministry began to immediately flourish. His vision for the church called for Magnifying God in Worship; Ministry to meet the needs of all the people; Maturity via the scriptures; Membership built upon lasting relationships; and Mission to the community and the world. Under Pastor Obey's guidance, NLBC began plans to build a new facility in Lacey, Washington and it was completed in 1998. Upon relocation to the new facility, the congregation experienced a steady growth, which continues to this day. Under Pastor Obey's leadership, NLBC developed an Evangelism curriculum to equip the Saints for the work of the Ministry. Additionally, he restructured the Sunday School and Children's ministries for edification and outreach; developed Precepts Ministries for more in-depth Bible Studies, and revitalized other ministries to help meet the needs of every individual in the body of Christ, as well as our community. Also, the development of the Life Institute was birthed, offering classes designed to develop and sharpen the living skills of adults in the areas of "Developing a Household," "Budgeting," "Debt Liquidation," "Credit Establishment and Repair," and many others.
Pastor Obey organized the Life Development Resource Center (LDRC), a non-profit corporation for the purpose of meeting the needs of our community through sound, social programs. Through LDRC, ministries to support the community include the Life Early Learning Center ( our Christian Daycare Center), Unity for Excellence Tutoring Center (academic tutoring for all ages), and L.I.F.E. Scholarship program.
In addition to his spiritual and professional work as listed above, Pastor Obey has served the community in the following capacities: Was appointed by former Governor Mike Lowry to serve on the Governor's Commission on African American Affairs; Member of the Community Board at Providence St. Peter Hospital, and; Was a recipient of the "Blacks in Government (BIG)" Humanitarian award for the accomplishments of LDRC.
Pastor Obey is the proud father of 5 children, 6 grandchildren and most of all, the husband of First Lady Donna Elaine Obey.
God has blessed the Ministry of Pastor Obey to give birth to over 45 Preachers and Pastors, and he has been requested by many others to provide them with Pastoral and Fatherly leadership. Because of the obvious anointing that God has placed upon Pastor Obey, his name was submitted to the Joint College of African American Bishops by Bishop Garry L. Tyson of Seattle, Washington. On March 23, 2007, Bishop J. Delano Ellis II and the Joint College of African American Bishops issued a certificate of completion of all prescribed courses in Episcopacy and Leadership. On October 20, 2007 Pastor Obey was consecrated to the Office of Overseer by the Sacred Office of Bishops of the Cathedral of Covenant Fellowship, in Columbus, Ohio. He was consecrated by Bishop H. Eugene Bellinger, Chief Consecrator; Bishop Ralph L. Dennis, Co-Consecrator; Bishop Garry L. Tyson, Co-Consecrator; Bishop Reginald Atkins, General Secretary.
On July 31, 2009, Overseer Obey was elevated to the Office of "Bishop Designate" at the New Life Baptist Church. On April 30 - May 1, 2010, Bishop Designate Obey was elevated to the Office of Bishop in the Lord's Church, at the New Life Baptist Church of Lacey, Washington.