Reverend Dr. Michael A. Poke, Sr

Reverend Dr. Michael A. Poke, Sr. of St. Albans, WV is the Senior Pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1960. He received his elementary and secondary education in the Kansas City, Missouri, Public School District. Rev. Poke’s higher education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park College, Parkville, Missouri; a graduate of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas; earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. In 2005, Rev. Poke received his Doctorate in Ministry (D. Min.) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon graduation from seminary, Reverend Poke served as an Assistant to the Pastor at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City Missouri, training under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield. He served as a teacher in the Sunday School Department, member of the Christian Workers Ministry and was Minister of the Children’s Church.

In June 2001, God gave direction to Rev. Poke to move from his beloved home in Kansas City to accept his first assignment as a full-time pastor at S. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in St. Albans, West Virginia. He was installed there on July 15, 2001, and continues to bring the gifts and skills of strong moral values based on the word of God, and a great love of family and the church community. He displays a shepherd’s heart in his counseling and pastoral care of his St. Paul Baptist flock, especially the sick-and-shut-in and ministering to the elderly. His ministry leadership style is that of a servant leader – he empowers others to do the work of our Lord. Rev. Poke is a spiritual leader committed to the service of God and humanity.

God has blessed Rev. Poke with a loving and caring woman of faith in the person of his wife, Mary, who works alongside him in the ministry at St. Paul Baptist. They are the proud parents of one son, Michael Jr., and a granddaughter, Trinity.