Courageous Conversations

Dr. Phillip Pointer

The Rev. Dr. Phillip L. Pointer, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Saint Mark Baptist Church, one of the largest Baptist churches in the state of Arkansas. Raised in the Greater Washington D.C. area, Pastor Pointer would become a fourth-generation Baptist pastor, coming from a dual line of Baptist pastors that runs on both sides of his family.

Having now served as a Senior Pastor for 20 years, Pastor Pointer’s journey as a pastor began in October 2002 with an assignment at St. John Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. In conjunction with fostering the spiritual growth and advancement of St. John, Pastor Pointer earned a Master of Divinity Degree with honors from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.

After ten rewarding years of leadership at St. John, Pastor Pointer received his next call from God that brought him to his current assignment at Saint Mark Baptist Church. Shortly after uniting with Saint Mark, Pastor Pointer completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He currently leads a Doctoral Cohort at United for a collective of doctoral candidates.

As senior pastor at Saint Mark, Dr. Pointer has led the ministry in its growth by leaps and bounds, including major initiatives in community outreach offerings such as job fairs, financial stewardship classes, record expungement seminars, and food drives.

Dr. Pointer led the formation of the Tendaji Community Development Corporation in 2016, which provides outreach programs and initiatives that support the entire Little Rock community such as Program IMPACT, an after-school program for elementary students, and Reclaiming Scholars, an alternative suspension program for middle and high school students.

Dr. Pointer served as Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, from August 2019 to December 2022.

Dr. Pointer believes in solid, biblical, and practical teaching of God’s Word in a way that helps the hearer with introspective growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ. His sincere desire to remain true to the explanation and exhortation of the Bible is a product of his earnest seeking of wisdom and clarity in the furtherance of his studies.

All Sessions by Dr. Phillip Pointer