Dr. John Mendez is a native of New York City and has pastored the Emmanuel
Baptist Church in
Winston-Salem since 1983. He pastored the congregation at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Wendell, NC
Dr. Mendez is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC;
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He
attended interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.
He also graduated from the Post Graduate Center of Mental Health in New York
City in Pastoral Counseling Psychoanalysis and
Psychotherapy. He received a Certificate of Participation in a Pilot
Project on the Black Church Economic Responsibility for a New Urban Agenda
at Harvard University Divinity School.
Mendez is noted for his contribution to civil and human rights. He has served as a
consultant on many fact finding missions; the Hawaiian Land Rights issues sponsored by the
Racial Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches, Puerto Rican Vegas
Island Pollution issues, investigated US War Crime in Nicaragua and El Salvador, peace
initiative issues in Angola, African American Church Leaders Environmental
Racism/Injustice fact finding mission in Louisiana, Mt. Graham Apache sacred site issues,
and the Black Hills Lakota issue. Dr. Mendez is the facilitator and founding member
of the Citizens United for Justice that successfully lead the community in obtaining a
Citizens Police Review Board.
Dr. Mendez serves on several boards; Chairperson of the Home Mission Board of the
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Racial Justice Working Group of the National
Council of Churches, Urban Rural Committee of World council of Churches, Black Theology
Project, Human Rights Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, North Carolina Psychology
Board, Forsyth Tech Advisory Committee. He also served as a honorary member of the
All African Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya and was the first black pastor in the
US to be invited to address the General Board in Madagascar. He helped organize a
progressive National Baptist Convention and Baptist Church movement in London and Wolverhampton, England.
He is married to the Former Sarah Lee Howard who is a Client Liaison Coordinator in
Information Services at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. The couple have two
children Sekou and Jamila