Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor Albert Gallmon, Jr. is leaving the Twin Cities. The public is invited to join the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church congregation for a community-wide celebration.
After serving as senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church for more than 11 years, Albert Gallmon, Jr. announced his resignation to the congregation. Citing his mother’s poor health and the recent passing of his father, Reverend Gallmon will return to his hometown of Tampa, FL.
Since arriving in Minneapolis in November 1996, Rev. Gallmon has immersed himself in the church and the Twin Cities community. Desiring to have Fellowship continue to remain in north Minneapolis, he led the effort to build a new edifice on the church’s current site after the congregation shared space with Luther Memorial Church for a number of years.
Rev. Gallmon said making the decision to leave was difficult. “My wife, Wilma and I have prayed about this decision and arrived at the conclusion that we need to be closer to our mothers. Both of them are widows and have health concerns,” Gallmon said. “It was a very tough decision. We love our Fellowship family and the Twin Cities community – however – with both of our mothers advancing in age, we believe it is best to be closer to them. We are leaving knowing that the church will continue to grow.”
Rev. Gallmon has served as chaplain of the Minnesota State Senate, President of the Minneapolis NAACP, as an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, volunteered with the Minneapolis Juvenile Detention Center, was elected to a three-year term with the Minneapolis School Board, and has served on several other Twin Cities boards including the Children’s Theatre Company. He has received numerous awards which includes his nomination as a McKnight Fellow. Rev. Gallmon had the distinction of representing the United States as a McKnight Fellow in October 2006 at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.
In January 2007, Reverend Gallmon traveled with The Downtown (Minneapolis) Clergy Group, led by Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel and Father Michael J. O’Connell of Church of the Ascension Church in north Minneapolis, to Israel. The team was accompanied by a documentary film crew who created a production that premiered at the Children’s Theatre.
Rev. Gallmon will deliver his final sermon Sunday, February 24 at 11 a.m. A church and community–wide celebration for the Gallmon family will also be held that same day from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary.