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Doctor Gregory Bernard Payton is held as one of the Premiere Pastors and voices in ministry today.  Pastor Payton is a native of Oakland, California.  Growing up in the impoverished West Oakland community he has overcome many obstacles to reach his goals.  He was raised in the historic St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late organizer, Dr. C.J. Anderson.  He received his early education in Oakland and Concord public schools.  He attended San Francisco State University, Golden State School of Theology and received his Doctorate degree from Saint Thomas University.  He is an active participant with the National Missionary Baptist Convention and the California State Baptist Convention.  He is known throughout the nation for delivering powerful messages of perseverance, reconciliation Dr. Paytonand hope on a level where even a child can comprehend.   On October 1, 2004, Greater St John Missionary Baptist Church presented Reverend Gregory B. Payton as the second Pastor of the historic church.  With his energetic preaching, Pastor has inspired, informed, instructed, enthused, convicted, and changed the hearts of many people to give their lives to Jesus Christ.  He has truly transitioned Greater St. John to higher heights.  Pastor Payton is a visionary who has allowed the Spirit of God to take control and lead him as he feeds and instruct God’s people.  Under the leadership of Pastor Payton, Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church has implemented many new ministries and enhanced several existing ministries.  Over 2,000 souls have been added unto the church and the Kingdom of God, twelve men have accepted their call to the ministry.  Being a motivator, advisor, administrator, businessman, lecturer, revivalist, coach, mentor teacher, father, grandfather, visionary, pastor and so much more, he has truly made a lasting impression and continues to do so on his parishioners, family, community and future generations to come.  He currently holds offices as President of the California Missionary Baptist State Congress on  Christian Education, President of the Baptist Ministers Union of Oakland and Vicinity and Vice-Moderator at Large of the St. John Missionary Baptist Association.  Today we are grateful to God as we celebrate Dr. Payton’s 9th year as Pastor of the Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Oakland California.

Pastor, Reverend Dr. Gregory B. Payton.