Pastor Michael R. Lomax, is the 15th Pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, Richmond, VA, and also serves as a Senior Vice President for a Privately held company. The combination of business and theology has allowed Pastor Lomax to fulfill his calling in corporate and ecumenical communities alike. Whether in ecclesial or business settings, Pastor Lomax 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 you care.”
Pastor Lomax graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College in 1994, where he majored in Business Administration. In May of 2004, Pastor Lomax completed his MDiv, with a Special Emphasis on Black Church Studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In May of 2005, Pastor Lomax completed his MBA at Goizueta Business School, Emory University, with a concentration in Strategy and Consulting. On his birthday, October 22, in 2006, Pastor Lomax was ordained by his mentor Pastor William F. Buchanan and affirmed by his Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church Family in Nashville, TN. In Spring 2009, Pastor Lomax was hired to serve as the Chief Program Minister for the Riverside Church, New York, NY, where he was responsible for a budget in excess of $100 million. While Pastor Lomax was unable to take the post, he was honored that the Council of Elders found him fit for the task. In April of 2018, Pastor Lomax was honored by his Alma Mater, Morehouse College, when he was inducted into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers.
Pastor Lomax’s unique combination of business acumen with a servant’s heart has also allowed him to serve in the following ways:
• Pastor, Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
• Board of Trustees, American Baptist College, Nashville, TN
• 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
• Executive Committee, Virginia American Heart Association
• Executive Committee, United Way
• Chaplain for the Xi Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Incorporated (current)
An aspiring author, Pastor Lomax has written twice for the online African American Lectionary project and is currently working on his first single authored monograph on faith and legacy planning – a litany of financial advice lessons taken from his 20+ years of experience in Consumer Banking and Wealth Management and executive business leadership. The book aims to help those who are not top 1% income earners, in the church and society, who yet desire to leave a legacy for their family – to the third and fourth generations.
Pastor Lomax enjoys the bliss of marriage with his best friend, love of his life, and college sweetheart, Tamura Lomax, PhD. The two married in 1997 and have graciously been blessed by God with two wonderful sons, Michael Leroy, a freshman at Morehouse College, and Martin Joseph, a Senior at Trinity Episcopal High School. One of Pastor Lomax’s favorite Scriptures is 1 John 4:8: Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. Pastor Lomax stands on the belief that love is still the most powerful, redemptive and liberating force in the world.