The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby
The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, the third child born to the late Mr. Rogers Cosby and Mrs. Bobbie J. Cosby, serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and a native of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cosby received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. HE received the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby. They are the parents of three daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.
With four Sunday worship services and a membership of more than 15,000, he has led the congregation to ensure its impact both on and far beyond the church campus. The Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy, serves children from 6 weeks of age through the second grade. A transitional housing facility for homeless single mothers is operating in the Third Ward community of Houston. A missional outreach is visible in multiple villages in South Africa, as Dr. Cosby maintains a passion for creatively influencing the lives of the forsaken and forgotten wherever they are.
Because of his passion for qualitative preaching, Dr. Cosby has committed himself to equipping preachers for the work of the ministry. In addition to training more than 100 ministers who comprise the Clergy Team of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. Cosby serves as an adjunct professor of Homiletics at Houston Graduate School of Theology. He has taught the same at the Houston extension program of the ITC. In 2008, Dr. Cosby was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, he became the Founder and CEO of Preaching with Power and Authority Ministries, a corporation committed to the pedagogy and promotion of relevant biblical preaching for the 21st Century.