Each One, Reach One Ministries

Rev. Dr. Anthony Copeland

Reverend Dr.  Anthony Copeland is the son of Mrs. Evelyn Copeland and the late Rev. William Copeland.  He is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. He received his elementary and secondary education from Suffolk Public Schools, wherein he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1974.  He matriculated at Tidewater Community College and Paul D. Camp Community College where he majored in Business Administration. Dr. Copeland furthered his education at Virginia Seminary and College. He is married to the former Jacqueline Wilson and has two sons, Anthony & Jonathan.
 Dr. Copeland was licensed to preach on December 12, 1982, and ordained on April 28, 1983. He served as Assistant Pastor to his father, Rev. William Copeland. After his father's death, Dr. Copeland was called by God and embraced by the congregation of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He became the pastor on January 2, 1984. Through his pastoral governance, the membership grew and the church expanded. On January 5, 1999, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Virginia.  
For over 35 years, he has led the congregation of Oak Grove Baptist Church with his extraordinary leadership, unparalleled compassion, and spiritual vision. He has taught the Word of God, preached the Gospel, and has counseled the congregation in the way of everyday living. If we are not saved, he cannot be held responsible.
Dr. Copeland often reminds us that people without vision will perish. His "20/20 Vision" was started and welcomed graciously by the official board and congregation. The vision led to the ground breaking of a new state of the art sanctuary that would be adjoined to the current church. On October 3, 2010, Pastor Copeland led the parade to the sanctuary of Oak Grove Baptist Church and it was dedicated back to God. The sanctuary is suited for the current congregation, but sized for growth. The motto - "Each One, Reach One" was established and serves as a simple yet profound statement for the OGBC family and friends.  We are to evangelize and reach out to fellow man and bring them in under the love and covering of God's holiness so for "Each One, Reach One." Dr. Copeland deemed the old sanctuary as the chapel and it is utilized for baptism, smaller services and events.
Dr. Copeland is a born again, Bible believing, Jesus loving, and gospel preaching minister. Many accomplishments have been made under his administration, but his main goal is to ensure that the soul of man is saved. He believes that you don't have to wait until the battle is over, but you can shout right now. His life is a proclamation of God's Word, divinely ordered by the Lord to Minister with such a caring and giving spirit to all he meets. We often hear him say, "I won't complain about anything, because I am too grateful for everything.
Our Senior Pastor, Dr. Anthony Copeland, a true visionary, leader and man of God! Over 35 years of service and leadership
Dr. Copeland Professional Affiliations:
  • Suffolk Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
  • Tidewater Metro Ministers' Conference
  • Hampton University Ministers' Conference
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Sharon Missionary Association and  its Allied Bodies
  • NAACP Suffolk Unit