Pastor & Ministerial Staff Leaders

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson

Senior Pastor

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson is, first and foremost, a pastor, in the broadest sense of the term. His life’s work stems from his commitment to the biblical mandate of what it means to be a pastor. Dr. Richardson believes in being a voice for the voiceless, feeding those who are hungry, providing shelter for those who are homeless, challenging systems that are unjust and unfair, and seeking justice for the marginalized and victimized. In his current posts – Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches, Chairman of the National Action Network, Chairman of Virginia Union University, and Board Member of Comcast and Pepsico – Dr. Richardson purposefully lives within his life’s mission and constantly works to be a positive force for change for all those he serves.

Rev. William M. Mizell

Senior Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Rev. Shelia Evans-Simmons

Associate Pastor for Finance & Stewardship

Trustee Hurdy Watler

Chairman, Trustees Ministry

Derrick L. James

Minister of Music

Staff Contacts:

Anita Middleton

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
anitam@gracebapt.org  I  (914) 664-2676  ext. 112

Enid Hay

Executive Director, Ujamaa Community Development Corporation
enid@gracebapt.org  I  (914) 663-7458

Reggie DeSilva

Personal Assistant to the Senior Pastor
info.gracemv@gmail.com  I  (914) 664-2676