Position: Senior Pastor
The words “I love you and there’s nothing you can do about it” can be heard wherever you find The Reverend Albert Gallmon, Jr. Whether during worship services at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church where he has served as Pastor since November 1996 or at the State Capital where he served as Chaplain for the Minnesota State Senate from 2002-2004.
Rev. Gallmon is a native of Tampa, Florida where he graduated from King High School in 1970. He attended St. John Fischer College in Rochester, New York where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Mathematics. Upon graduation, Reverend Gallmon was drafted as a free agent by the American Basketball Association’s Buffalo Braves, and was released at the start of the season. He then began work as a Special Investigator for the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office in Rochester, New York. He later went on to work in Corporate America for Eastman Kodak, IBM and Lincoln First Bank N.A as a Lending Officer and Branch Manager. After his corporate experiences, Reverend Gallmon went on to earn a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard Divinity School in Washington, DC. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Reverend Gallmon was working towards his Doctor of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Prior to arriving in the Twin Cities Reverend Gallmon served the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Washington, DC as Assistant Pastor in 1986. After six months he was called to serve as Pastor where he remained until 1993. From 1993 to 1994, he served as Executive Minister for Metropolitan Baptist Church in the District of Columbia. Also, in 1993, in the District of Columbia, Rev. Gallmon was the honored recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Award, “Living the Dream” for distinguished Leadership. In 1996, in a project funded by the Ford Foundation, Rev Gallmon was selected as Project Director for the National Congress for Community Economic Development for the African American Religious Institute Project.
Since arriving in the Twin Cities, Reverend Gallmon has become an active member of the Minneapolis community. From 1998 to 1999 he served as the Dean of Christian Education for the Minnesota State Convention, and from 1999 to the present, Rev Gallmon has served as Adjunct Professor at the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. Rev Gallmon was elected to the Minneapolis School Board and served a three-year term from 2000 to 2003 and for the first three quarters of 2003, he served as President of the Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP. He has served as Chaplain for the Minnesota State Senate from 2002-2004. Currently Rev. Gallmon sits on numerous local boards which include the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Stair Step Foundation, the Council on Crime and Justice, the Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Foundation for Education, Public Health and Social Justice. Previous board affiliations include the Children’s Theatre Company, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, The Advisory Council of the Twin Cities Focus Group for the National Institute of Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the Family Housing Fund Corporation and he served as Executive Director of the Urban Leadership Academy.
Reverend Gallmon clearly presents himself as a leader in community affairs. He has been a strong advocate for Social Justice and the rights for all people, in addition to building a foundation to help bridge the educational gap in communities of color. Reverend Gallmon is also working in a collaborative effort with the Minneapolis Council of Churches to build community relationships and establish community programs and many of those programs are now offered in the new Center for Families which is built adjacent to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. He has further demonstrated his willingness to serve the community by volunteering 300 hours of counseling services at the Minneapolis Juvenile Detention Center. In addition to being a community leader, Reverend Gallmon continues to exemplify his strong leadership skills in all areas of ministry at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. During his ten years as Pastor of Fellowship the church membership has grown from 150 people to over 560 families and he has led the church in the building of a new facility which is located in the McKinley Neighborhood of North Minneapolis.
Reverend Gallmon spoke to our Minneapolis Uptown Rotary Club in February 2006 from the theme “Closing the Educational Gap between African Americans and Non-African Americans. Due to his commitment and service in the Minneapolis community, Reverend Gallmon has been named Citizen of the Year by the Minneapolis-University Rotary Club. Also, recently Reverend Gallmon was nominated as a McKnight Fellow. He will represent the United States of America at the Salzburg Seminar which will focus on “The Rule of Law: Reconciling Religion and Culture in a Constitutional Framework” in Salzburg Austria.
Reverend Gallmon is married to Mrs. Wilma Gallmon and they have two children, Albert and Joanna.