Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley Retired Senior Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley is a legendary “warrior/prophet” minister who, for more than a quarter of a century, has not only transcended his Christian faith and his Providence Missionary Baptist Church pulpit, but has embraced and encouraged an entire generation of Atlanta’s unique brand of civil and human rights-based leadership. The nearly one thousand distinguished leaders and lay people spanning all faiths and spectrum's of civil society present at his recent retirement celebration on August 4, 2012 proved to be an outpouring of testimony, richly heralding that extraordinary, almost indefinable leadership quality and energy that is so uniquely Gerald Durley’s.