Our Pastor

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Reverend Dr. Sylvester M. Truss, Pastor

Dr. Truss was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the youngest of three children born to Reverend and Mrs. Sylvester Truss. He is married to Dr. Baraka J. Truss and they are the parents of a son named Silas Marcel Truss. 


Dr. Truss holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Alabama A&M University. He completed the requirements for the degree of Master of Divinity in Pastoral Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2014. He obtained a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament from Andersonville Theological Seminary in March 2017. He also completed the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry from Amridge University in Montgomery, AL in May 2018 The title of his dissertation was Promoting Servant Leadership in the Rural Church.


Dr. Truss commenced his preaching ministry in September 2001. He was licensed at Macedonia Baptist Church, Overton AL. He was later ordained in July 2008 at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church, Huntsville AL. He served as the Pastor of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Elkton Tennessee from 2008-2017. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Westside Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur AL. 


Dr. Truss is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity for Men.

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” ~ Jer. 3:15

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