Dr. Timothy Tee BoddieGeneral Secretary
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Reverend Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie currently serves as the General Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer of the Progressive National Baptist Convention in Washington, DC. Dr. Boddie is a former senior pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming only the sixth pastor in its illustrious 150-year history. Following this pastorate, he was appointed the Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree program and at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC. While at Shaw, he also served as Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Robersonville, NC.
Prior to his pastoral ministry, Dr. Boddie served for 11 years as University Chaplain and Pastor of the Memorial Church at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. As University Chaplain, Rev. Boddie served in a dual capacity, as Campus Minister and as Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed Hampton University Ministers’ Conference. In 2007, Chaplain Boddie was elected to a one-year term as president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, becoming the first African-American from a historically Black university to serve this capacity in the organization’s then 60-year history.
Born in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Boddie was reared in Newport News, VA, and is the proud product of its public schools. An honor graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Dr. Boddie majored in English at Morehouse and also holds a master’s degree from Stanford University. He has done further study at New York University, and he earned his doctorate degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, in 2003.
His multiple gifts as a preacher, teacher, administrator, pastor and author bespeak his commitment to excellence in ministry and education. These gifts have afforded him the opportunity of preaching and speaking in a wide variety of venues, writing numerous articles and editing a book, Wisdom of the Sages: Conversations with the ACD Vaughn Senior Statesmen of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference 1996-2005, published in 2007.
A fourth-generation Baptist preacher, Pastor Boddie served for six years as Associate Minister of the First Church of Newport News (Baptist), where his parents, the late Dr. and Mrs. Fred J. Boddie, Jr., served as pastor and first lady, respectively, for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Boddie is joyously married to Geulia (pronounced “Julia”) Diggs Boddie, a native of Franklin, VA, and a magna cum laude graduate of both Fisk and Hampton Universities. They are the blessed and proud parents of two children, Maya Jillian, a graduate of Hampton University, and Timothy Michael, a senior at the University of South Carolina.