Rev. S. Todd Yeary, PhD

Board Vice Chair

Todd is the Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore where he is the fifth pastor in its 86-year history. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DMCC’s two community development corporations – Camp Farthest Out, Inc. and Douglas Village, Inc.

Previously, he was the Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University and has presented in a variety of forums, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series on Racial Reconciliation at Hamline University (2003-2004), the Brown v. Board of Education Summit at College of DuPage (2005), and the African American Family Summit at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2002-2006). His presentation on the role of religion in promoting diversity at the spring 2006 convening of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford in England was later published in the Oxford Round Table’s Forum on Public Policy journal.

He is the Founder of the non-profit Community Excellence and Empowerment Development Corporation in Illinois and previously served as in several capacities for the Young Adult Men’s Department of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He has also served on the board of directors for the Center for School Mental Health and BMHS.

He is a member of the Ministerium of the International Council of Community Churches and serves as the international liaison between the Council and constituent churches in Ghana, West Africa. Currently, he is writing two books – “Get R.E.A.L.”, and “Sacred Identity: Pilgrimage and the Reconstruction of the African American Self.” He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from National-Louis University, his Master’s of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) from Northwestern. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree in clinical pastoral counseling from Louisville Seminary.