The Reverend Doctor William E. Flippin, Sr.
B.A., Fisk University
M.Div., Emory University
D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary
An effective leader, with a heart for God and God’s people, Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr., is the visionary pastor of The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The Nashville, Tennessee native received the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from Fish University, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, cum laude, from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he was a Benjamin E. Mays Fellow and a scholar for the Fund for Theological Education. He also earned the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Understanding that ministry is holistic in nature, Dr. Flippin received certification as a Life Transformational Coach and a Leadership Coach Trainer.
Since 1990, Dr. Flippin has led the congregation of The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church. Since that time the church has witnessed significant growth, beginning in the first two years of Pastor Flippin’s tenure with the remodel and construction of many existing areas of the church including restrooms, sanctuary, and office space, and institution of approximately 14 new ministries to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the church. To meet the needs of the growing congregation, Dr. Flippin oversaw the church’s construction of the new state-of-the-art 1500 seat Worship Center in 2014. In almost 30 years as pastor, Dr. Flippin has led the church to ordain over 100 new ministers and deacons, build and pay off a Family Life Center, establish scholarship funds and awards, and establish numerous Christian education and resource centers for the congregation and community.
Understanding that the church cannot live apart form the community, Dr. Flippin has established The Grove as a key stakeholder for the people of Atlanta and DeKalb County. The church is actively engaged with the community through many initiatives including the NAACP, its Outreach Center, annual holiday giving, self-help programs, and Pastor Flippin is President of the DeKalb Juvenille Justice Commission. Finally, the church is looking forward to seeing the completion of of the Grove Gardens at East Lake Senior Living Community in 2020.
Flippin also serves as Founder and CEO of The Flippin Legacy Ministries, the Pearl Initiative, Inc., and Pears of Great Price Ministries, Inc. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and formerly served as the National Chaplain. Dr. Flippin is also an accomplished author of six books: In My Father’s House, God’s Order: Order in the Church, God’s Order: Order in the Pulpit, God’s Order, Vision 20/20, and Church Administration: Building Success Through Collective Organization. Dr. Flippin firmly believes that God has commissioned him for the purpose of Raising Leaders, and to that end, he has dedicated his life. He is a mentor to pastors, ministers, and community and business leaders. Using his skills as a certified coach, Dr. Flippin is often the spiritual conduit to connect individuals to their optimal leadership capacity. His ministry has allowed him to preach and teach internationally in many countries such as Africa, the Bahamas, and Israel, to name a few.
He is married to Sylvia Taylor Flippin. Mrs. Flippin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and holds a Masters degree in Education from Georgia State University. She is a retired instructional coach for the DeKalb County Board of Education. Together, they are the proud parents of four children: three sons who continue the family preaching legacy, Rev. Dr. William Edward Flippin, Jr., and his wife Kedra Flippin, Rev. Dr. Richard Curtis Flippin, and Rev. Joseph Charles Taylor Flippin, and his wife Dr. Kendall Flippin; and one daughter Miss Sylvia Joi Flippin. Dr. and Mrs. Flippin are also the beaming grand parents of Shamel Emani Flippin.