Mt. Carmel M.B. Church's pastor is David McConnell Sr.

Friday, February 13, 2015

By Rochelle Alexander

Special to the Tribune

Pastor David McConnell Sr. was born to God-fearing Baptist parents Ulysses and Velma McConnell on Oct. 16, 1961, in Memphis.

Though reared in the church, McConnell's journey to salvation detoured at the tender age of 12 years old when he left the church and became engrossed in a lifestyle comprised of alcohol, crime and drugs for nearly 13 years.

Eventually, after a night of alcohol and crack cocaine, McConnell involved himself in a deadly altercation riddled with gunfire where he faced death and the other young man subsequently lost his life.

These events led to a 42-month incarceration for McConnell, and it was during this time that he repented of his sins and asked Jesus Christ into his heart.

McConnell professes that Jesus has miraculously changed his life through His loving wonderful counselor, the Holy Spirit. Since his new birth, McConnell has passionately pursued Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit and the call of God in his life.

From 1990 through 1992, he served as associate pastor at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Clarksville. Then in 1994 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the American Baptist College.

Meanwhile, McConnell served as associate pastor at New Metropolitan Church in Nashville, from 1992 until 1997. As a Certified Counselor, he has served as a professional addiction counselor since 1997. It was also in 1997 that McConnell became the pastor of Mt. Carmel M.B. Church in Lewisburg where he currently serves. In furtherance of his calling, McConnell is currently a student in the Master of Divinity program at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

McConnell's life experiences and servitude in the ministry have helped to shape his life objective, which is to please God by living gratefully in appreciation of His gift of salvation and by making Him known through the proclamation of the gospel and to love people and equip them for Kingdom Living.

McConnell continually seeks to meet this objective in his daily walk with his roles as a loving family man and a valuable resource to the community.

He is married to Karen McConnell and they have two children, Tamia and David, and one grandson, Maximo. His community affiliations include his service as a spiritual counselor and chaplain at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna.

Rochelle Alexander is the secretary of the Marshall County Branch of the NAACP.