Dr. D. Edwin Johnson (1956-1958) was selected to serve as interim pastor. Dr. Johnson, a man of much foresight, had already
distinguished himself in the field of religion through the establishment of a religious school in Dallas dedicated to the training
of young ministers. The growth of the church was able to continue during this period without any changes.
Dr. H. Rhett James (1958-1985), a minister dedicated to education and religious investments, was educated at Virginia Union,
Our Lady of the Lake, and Texas Christian Universities. He had the honor of being the first black to receive the Master of
Theology from Texas Christian University and later earned his doctorate degree. He came to New Hope with experience as a
public school teacher, college professor and minister. Under his leadership the present modern church was built and
completely furnished. His many contributions to the programs and growth of the church and city are fondly remembered.
Dr. James organized and led the only citizens’ march for integration to be held in Dallas, Texas. He served on many boards
and became president of the local NAACP.
The Reverend Ronald E. Jones (1985-1987) and 1990-1999), a progressive young minister, first black mayor of Garland, Texas,
civic worker, and adjunct professor graciously consented to accept the role of interim pastor on four separate occasions. He
was whole heartily selected by the officers and members. Rev. Jones received his B.A. Degree from Dallas Baptist University
and his Master’s Degree in Human Relation and Business Management from Abilene Christian University, and a Doctorate
Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University. Dr. Jones completed studies in Greek, Theology and
Church Administration at Criswell College Institute for Biblical Studies. As a member of the church, he had previously
taken an active role in carrying out the church program. With the enthusiastic support of his family, the church program
continued uninterrupted each time he served while arrangements were made for the ministerial vacancy to be permanently
\The Reverend Victor Hall (1987-1990), was a native of Dallas, Texas, was known as an outstanding student and a dedicated
young Christian. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated as the highest ranking B.A. student in
his class in 1982. Rev. Hall’s ministry was closely associated with education. After his graduation from college, he attended
the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and worked for three years as a student minister at the Cornerstone
Ministry in 1985. Among the accomplishment of Rev. Hall were weekly Bible study and the refocusing of the direction of the
church in National and State Convention activities.
Dr. Derrick Harkins (1992-1997), was a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he was formerly a member of the Antioch Baptist
Church. Prior to coming to New Hope, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Communication from Boston
University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Union Theological Seminary and a Doctorate Degree from the United
Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Harkins previously served as one of the Assistant Ministers of the Abyssinian
Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. He also served as an assistant Director of Admissions for Boston University. While in
Dallas, Dr. Harkins not only carried on the work of the church but also became a member of many religious and civic boards
and committees. His tenure at the church ended in August 1997, when he accepted a charges.
The Reverend Alfred Walker, Jr. (1999-2009), in June 1999, the members of New Hope welcomed Rev. Alfred Walker, Jr. as
the 12th pastor of this great church. Beginning with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religion earned at Morehouse College in
Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Walker furthered his education by stating that he met the requirements for the Master of Divinity
Degree from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center. His concentration, at the time,
was in the area of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care. His internship was completed at Georgia Regional Hospital in
Clinical Pastoral Education. He was presently a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry Degree.
As the Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Rev. Walker became involved in the community. He served as member and as
the Board of Directors of the African American Pastors’ Coalition, and served as Vice President for Political Development,
member and Board of Directors of Metro Homeless Alliance, Member and Board of Directors, Greater Dallas Community of
Churches, member and Board of Directors, St. Phillips School and Community Center. His tenure
Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Jones (2009-Present)
Mrs. Julia K. Jordan
|The New Hope Baptist Church Interim And
Pastoral History Continued......
|5002 S. Central Expressway
Celebrating 145 Years:
Dallas' Oldest African-American Christian Witness,
"The Mother Church"
Founded in 1873 by African-Americans