About Rev. Troy Denson, Sr.
Rev. Troy Denson Sr. has been preaching the gospel since 28 years of age, and from early childhood he developed a love for The Lord, and was raised in a God-fearing family. However, as God's grace abound, during a season in his young-adult years as young-Troy lived as a type of "prodigal son", when he heard the word of God in Jeremiah 29:11, saying, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." After Bro. Troy heard these words from God, he Learned that this was the Message that The Lord wanted to use him to carry to those who are suffering. Thus, Bro. Troy accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Shortly after salvation, Bro. Troy heard The Lord speak to him more missionally from Isaiah 6:8b, asking the questions, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And with a reverent heart, Troy responded as Isaiah had, "Then said I, Here am I; send me." Therefore, in the year of 1996, Troy L. Denson received the Lord's salvation, was baptized, accepted his call to preach, delivered his first sermon, and was Licensed to Minister under the leadership of the esteemed Emeritus, Rev. Aristide Brown, Sr., at Greater TreeMount Temple Baptist Church, in San Antonio, Texas. As a young Associate Minister, Rev. Troy faithfully served as Sunday School Teacher, Leader of Men's Ministry, and Christian Education Director. In 2006, under the leadership of Rev. Ricky Shaw, Rev. Troy Denson was ordained at the historic Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, in San Antonio, Texas. Presently, Rev. Denson and his family resides in Maryland, and under the covering of the historic Full Gospel Baptist Church, in Cooksville, Maryland, as he completes a Residency at the historic Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, in Washington, D.C. as Resident-Clergy, for his D.Min. at Boston University, "Reframing the Mission of God for Increasing the Relevance of Urban Black Historic Churches, in Postmodernity".
Academically: Rev. Denson initially studied at Prairie View A&M University, and later graduated at Southern Christian University with a B.S. in Ministry/ Bible (2004). Afterwards, Rev. Denson studied at Houston Graduate School of Theology (Houston, Texas), and he later graduated at Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) with a Master of Theological Studies (2008). To further help students to further achieve academically, Rev. Troy Denson studied at American Public University (Charlestown, WV) and completed a Master of Education in Administration/ Supervision, with Distinction (2011). In continuance of his pastoral calling, Rev. Denson studied at Howard University (Washington, DC) and completed a Master of Divinity (2011), and at Boston University - School of Theology he completed a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership. Dissertation Topic: "Reframing the Mission of God for Increasing the Relevance of Urban Black Historic Churches, in Postmodernity". While working on this D.Min. project, Rev. Denson serves as Resident-Clergy at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, in the District of Columbia.
In 2011, as Rev. Denson was completing the M.Div. degree program at Howard University, he was called to help several churches through their pastoral transitions (New Zion UMC, Full Gospel BC, and Union Bethel AMEC). First, under the consent and covering of his Pastor of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church (GGMBC), Rev. Troy Denson was able to serve as Interim-local Pastor of New Zion UMC Church in Cordova, Maryland. In helping them through their pastoral transition, under Rev. Denson's God-led transformative leadership, he led the church in increased in attendance, ministries, community outreach, and financial standing. During his assistance to this Black congregation, Rev. Denson held a Leadership Conference which was heavily attended by many churches in the vicinity; and Lady Theresa Denson held a Women's Conference which overflowed the Talbot County Community Center, and empowered women Countywide. Later, in 2012, after Rev. Denson had successfully completed his Interim Pastor appointment, he received consent and covering, from his Pastor at Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, to serve "at-large" as Clergy & Congregation Executive Consultant at Full Gospel Baptist Church, in Cooksville, Maryland, 2013. At this capacity, Rev. Denson, helped the then new pastor, Rev. Charles Davis, by catechizing his faithful licensed ministers and deacons - in preparation for their ordinations; he officiated the church's annual installation of officers; and he assisted in administering various blessing services and baptisms, and participated in Baptist associations and conventions' conferences, annual engagements, as well as teach in conferences', churches', and ministries' leadership training and seminars... all alongside the then new Pastor, Rev. Charles Davis. During 2015, Rev. Denson received consent from his Pastor at GGMBC to assist Union Bethel AME Church's 2nd location through the transition of their pastor to the Office of Bishop over the entire AME Denomination. As Interim Pastor, functioning in the title of Coordinator, Rev. Denson carried out all of the pastoral functions of the 2nd location of Union Bethel for approximately 1 year, and helped the congregation in preparing and receiving its new AME Pastor. Currently, Rev. Troy Denson is completing his doctoral project by functioning as Resident Clergy at the historic Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. Also, as Rev. Denson serves and awaits God's call of him to lead a congregation as Pastor, he serves in the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of DC, as Asst. Recording Secretary. Nonetheless, Rev. Troy Denson serve's tirelessly because he sincerely believes that ..."Only what you do for Christ will last".
Occupationally: Rev. Troy Denson is grateful of the Lord's grace unto him an 15+ years as an educator. Rev. Denson has served 6+ years as a secondary teacher, 7+ years of collegiate instructor-ship, 6 years as seminary instructor. Notwithstanding, Rev. Denson is an author of 2 books which are available on Amazon: "Globalization: Through the Eyes of Suffering Children", and "Churchin': The Acts of the Apostles Workbook" - Volumes 1,2,&3. Rev. Denson also contributes his research to academic and religious journals, and contributes his notable sermons to online journals. Rev. Denson distributes the gospel of Christ verbally and in publishings because he believes that ..."Only what you do for Christ will last".
Last but not least, after 14 years of "ordained ministry", Rev. Denson views the greatest ministry that he has ever been called to serve has been that of being a faithful husband unto his wife (Theresa Denson) and being a loving father for his sons (Storee Denson, Jim, and TJ) whom are doing amazing things. He is grateful unto the Lord for "gracing" him with these blessed opportunities. Rev. Troy Denson's favorite scripture which awakens him to the "word" and "prayer" unto God early each morning, comes from St. John 15:7, which says, "If you abide in me, and my word abides in you, you can ask what you will and it will be done unto you".
And Remember... "Only What You Do For Christ Will Last".
~Rev. Troy L. Denson, Sr.