Dr. Virgil Caldwell Retiring At New Monumental Baptist

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

After serving the congregation of New Monumental Baptist Church for 40 years, Rev. Dr. Virgil J. Caldwell will retire at the end of December.

A native of Brownsville, Tn., he is the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. J.A. Caldwell.

After graduating from Merry High School in Jackson, Tn., he enrolled at Lane College, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. After two years of military service, which carried him to Korea, he returned to the United States and accepted a teaching position at Miles High School in Union City, Tn.

While serving at Union City as a social studies teacher, choir director and band instructor, he continued his academic pursuits. In 1957, he received his master of arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

In 1960, he accepted his call into the gospel ministry and shortly after his ordination in 1962, he was called to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Dresden, Tn., (now Fuller Street Baptist Church). While pastoring at Dresden, he attended an extension school at A.B.T. Seminary which was held in Martin, Tn. In 1964 he was called to be the pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church of Brownsville, Tn., a church where his father had pastored several years earlier. During his pastorate at Brownsville, he attended summer sessions at Memphis Theological Seminary.

In 1968, Dr. Caldwell was called to New Monumental Baptist.

Upon receiving this call he discontinued his employment as a public school teacher on a regular basis and became a full-time pastor.
Since being at New Monumental, he has continued his education. During 1977 and 1978 he attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and in May 1979, he received the doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary of Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Caldwell is a widely traveled minister, having been to some of the world's leading cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. He recalls that one of his most gratifying experiences was an oversees trip in 1975, provided by New Monumental Baptist Church, which gave him the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and to preach in Liberia, Africa.

Dr. Caldwell has served as moderator of the Chattanooga District Association and President of the Tennessee B.M. & E. Convention.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Dr. Caldwell is a former writer of Sunday School Literature, participates in a prison ministry and plays the saxophone as a hobby.

He and his wife, Rubye, are the parents of two sons and two daughters: Cedric Julius and Victor Whitmore, who own and operate Caldwell Plus Recording Studio in Nashville; Scottie Beatrice, who is a teacher in the Hamilton County School System; and Christy Greta, who is also a teacher in the Hamilton County School System. The Caldwells have nine grandchildren.

New Monumental is located at 901 Woodmore Lane in Brainerd.

New Monumental is a diverse congregation with approximately 300 members of all ages and educational levels.

The church has:

1. A seating capacity of 900 in the sanctuary and 300 in the chapel
2. A gymnasium with a handball court and recreational room
3. A fellowship/banquet hall with a commercial kitchen
4. Nursery with potential daycare/ facilities
5. Numerous meeting/classrooms
6. Office suites and receiving areas
7. Ample parking

The pulpit selection committee is now accepting resumes and processing will begin immediately. All resumes should be submitted by June 30.

Please send all resumes to:

The Pulpit Selection Committee
New Monumental Baptist Church
901 Woodmore Lane
Chattanooga, Tn., 37411
Or email to: nmbcpulpitcommittee@yahoogroups.com

Dr. and Mrs. Caldwell
Dr. and Mrs. Caldwell


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