PASTOR JOSEPH M.A. STRONG
Reverend Joseph Michael Aubrey Strong is the senior Pastor of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Sandusky, Ohio. He was born on December 28th, 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio to Dawn Fitch and Jason Strong.
Reverend Strong accepted Christ and was baptized under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Roland H. Crowder, at Second Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. There he served in multiple ministry capacities until the Lord called him to ministry in 2010. He was licensed as the youngest person in the church’s history at the age of 14. Reverend Strong was ordained in the Lord’s service in 2018 under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Kito D. March, Sr. of Second Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Reverend Strong received a Bachelors of Arts degree from American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee; during his time he served as Youth and Young Adult Pastor at New Visions Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee under the leadership of Rev. James D. Clay, Sr. Reverend Strong is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
He served as Youth and Young Adult Pastor at New Visions Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee under the leadership of Rev. James D. Clay, Sr. Reverend Strong is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
Reverend Strong was called to Providence Missionary Baptist Church on April 29th, 2018 as their Pastor. He is the youngest Pastor in the church’s history. Under his leadership, the church has doubled in size, from 49 to over 150 in two years. The Place of Providence is centered on the basic principles; Belonging, Believing, and Becoming.
Reverend Strong currently serves as the President of the Pastors and Ministers Fellowship of the Union Missionary Baptist District Association in the Northern Ohio area. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
His transformation and cultivating message make him a sought-after speaker. Reverend Strong has been on podcasts, and recently, The “Plumline radio show” with civil rights activist, James Searcy. Reverend Strong has created a well popular podcast, called "Saved, Sanctified, and Single", living the Godly life, while managing singleness. Revered Strong is a champion for equitable justice and community development. He formerly served as president of the American Baptist College affiliate of the historic Southern Christian Leadership Conference, partnering with various grassroots organizations and nonprofits, to build a coalition of “ justice-oriented thinkers”. He is the Chaplain of the Sandusky chapter of the NAACP.
He is married to the lovely Kaliah Butler. Together, they have one child on the way, Josiah Strong.
Reverend Strong’s goal is to redefine what 21st Century Ministry look like, by helping churches become more inclusive in organizing and empowering communities. His saying is “ we all must be the builders to a bridge of tomorrow.