Michael Lomax, is the Pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, in Richmond, Virginia. A former Executive Vice President and Head of Bank Operations for the State of Virginia at the 13th largest bank in the United States, Michael understands the awesome responsibility of being a servant leader. He believes God has opened doors for him because he faithfully uses his gifts to make people and their communities better through service. Serving others has taught him one fundamental fact, "people do not care what you know, until they know that you care."
In addition to being a life long servant, Michael is a life long learner. Michael graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College, where he majored in Business Administration. In May of 2004, he completed his Master's of Divinity with a Special Emphasis in Black Church Studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He was further honored by the seminary as the John Owen Smith award recipient. This award is presented by the faculty in recognition of the Senior Master's of Divinity student who is best able to communicate the Gospel faithfully and imaginatively through preaching. An honor he is proud of, but prays he upholds every time he approaches the preaching moment. Through his work in seminary and working with his church as the Executive Administrator on a $10 million dollar expansion project, Michael saw an immediate need for business acumen in the church. In May of 2005, Michael completed the One Year accelerated MBA program at the Goizueta (goy-swet-ah) Business School, Emory University, with a concentration in Strategy and Consulting. On his birthday, October 22, 2006 Michael was ordained by his mentor Pastor William F. Buchanan and affirmed by his Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church Family. This day will forever be etched in his memory as confirmation that he was created for God's service.
The combination of business and theology has allowed him to fulfill his calling in corporate and ecumenical communities alike. In 2009, he was asked to serve as the Chief Program Minister for the Riverside Church in New York City, responsible for a budget in excess of $100 million dollars. While he was unable to take the post he was extremely honored that the Council of Elders found him fit for the task.
Michael's unique combination of business acumen with a servants
heart allowed him to serve:
On the Board of American Baptist College. As a member of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. On the Executive Committee for the Virginia American Heart Association and the United Way and ... as the 10th Pastor of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.
An aspiring author, Michael has written twice for the online African American Lectionary project and is planning to write a book on faith and legacy planning - a litany of financial advice lessons taken from his 20+ years of experience in banking and Wealth Management. The book is aimed to help those who are not in the top 1% income earners, in the church and desire to leave a legacy for their family to the third and fourth generations.
Michael enjoys the bliss of marriage with his best friend, love of his life and college sweetheart, Dr. Tamura Lomax. The two married in 1997 and have graciously been blessed by God with two wonderful sons, Michael Leroy and Martin Joseph who are 15 and 14 respectively. One of Michael's favorite Scriptures is 1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love," and he stands on the belief that love is still the most powerful, redemptive and liberating force in the world.