Dr. Charles J. Southall, III, Executive Pastor
Email: pastorcjsiii@aol.com

Pastor’s Profile     







Parents: Mrs. IsabeIla McFarland Southall and the late Rev. Charles J. Southall, Jr.




Siblings:         Brother - Gregory K. Southall


Sister - Min. Kersandra S. Peters  



United In Holy Matrimony  




To the former Lila Maria Peters - September 17, 1977  




Father of Charles IV, Chelsey Junonna and the late Myrtle Southall.




Father by marriage of: Alfred E. Davis, Jr. and Torriana Bell-Southall


Grandfather (Poppi)of AlLaChea Lailah Davis and Cureia Jolie Southall.


Grandfather by Marriage (Poppi) of LaMara Pepp, LaMont Pepp Jr. and Asia Mariah Davis


Son-in-law of The late Joseph F. Peters, Sr. and the late Myrtle Rita Rouzan Peters and Lila's Stepmother Ester Peters.  



Christian Upbringing 




  • New Zion Baptist Church New Orleans, La. Pastor by A L Davis, Jr. Baptized March 22, 1964 at age 6 and active in the Children’s Choir.


  • Purelight Baptist Church New Orleans, La. Pastor by Dr.Arthur Monday, Jr. Member of Junior Usher Board and Youth Choir


  • Lowerlight Baptist Church New Orleans, La.


  • After the installation of his father, Pastor Charles J. Southall, Jr. he became very involved in the ministries as Minister of Education, Director of the Sanctuary Choir, and Associate Minister.






Acknowledgement of Call to Ministry 




  • Received and acknowledged his call at the age of 21, February, 1979 at Lowerlight Baptist Church. 


  • Preached First Sermon - March 17, 1979 at Lowerlight Baptist Church.


  • Licensed to Preach - January 11, 1980 Ly Lowerlight Baptist Church. 


  • Ordained Minister - November 15, 1984 by 1st District Baptist Association by Dr. A. P. Fortner, President.


  • Installed as the 7th Pastor of First Emanuel Baptist Church - April 24, 1989 by Ideal Association by Morris Burell, President.


    Educational Foundation 




  • Joseph A. Craig Elementary 1969 Rivers



  • Frederick Junior High 1973 


  • Joseph S. Clark Sr. High 1976 


  • University of New Orleans 1983



  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1984 


  • Union Baptist College & Theological Seminary D. D. 2001



  • Christian Bible College Doctor of Divinity 2002






  • Honor Student Elementary through High School 


  • Who's Who Among American High School Students 1975 & 1976


  • Captain of Football Team - High School 


  • President of Choir - High School 


  • Sang Score to Movie Dawn 1977 


  • First: Black Vice President of Foster Company, Inc., 1983 


  • Vice President of Finance/Operations of Foster Company, Inc., 1984 


  • First: Commissioner of Commercial Athletic Association 1978-1984


  • Lexington Who’s Who Among Executives & Professional - 1999-2000



  • New Orleans Police Dept. Lost Child Care Center - 1991-2002


  • Outstanding Speaker - Male -Gospel-Music Workshop of America New Orleans Chapter 1989-1990 & 1990-1991



  • Oxford's Who's Who Among Extraordinary Professional and Executives 1991-1992


  • Community Services Business Man of the Year - 1992



  • Freeport McMoran / Data Newsweekly - Scoop Jones Trailblazer February – 1995


  • North American Registry Of Who's Who Among Successful African American Civic Leaders - 1999


  • Oretha Castle Merchants .Association - A Few Good Men Award Recipient - 2000 


  • Spirit of Greatness Award - 2000 


  • Delta Theta New Orleans Chapter – The Artie Award Recipient - 2001



  • Real of Central City Annual Award - 2002 


  • Crime fighter Religious Leader Award of the Year by Chief of Police Eddie Compass – 2003


  • The Contemporary Who's Who - 2003/2004 


  • Louisiana Businessman of the Year - 2004


    Former Member 




  • Habitat for Humanity Board 


  • Police Athletic League Board 


  • Jerimiah - Group Board Metropolitan Area Committee (MAC)


  • Board Metro New Orleans, Baptist Conference - First Vice-President 


  • New Orleans parish School Board Oversight Committee - Chairman Finance Committee



  • Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) 


  • New Orleans Business & Industrial District – Secretary / Treasurer, Commissioner (Formerly A.M.I.D.)



  • Ideal Association - General Secretary 


  • Advisory Board State of La Public Health Hospitals Family Planning / Chairman / Nominating Committee / Budget Committee


  • Southeastern Louisiana Rehabilitation Corporation - Director 


  • Big Brother /Big Sister of Southeast Louisiana - Board Member 


  • City of New Orleans Human Relations Commission / Executive Committee 


  • Velocity Foundation - Board Member


  • Appointed Chaplin - Baton Rouge Police Dept. by Chief Leduff


  Current Affiliations 




  • National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc. 


  • Cornerstone Missionary Baptist General Association Treasurer / Director Economic Development 


  • Progress Loge #16, Free & Accepted Masons Prince Hall Affiliate


  • Union Theological College and Seminary Board of Trustees Asst. Recording Secretary 


  • Delgado Foundation - Secretary / Treasurer - Board Member


  • Central City Economic Development Partnership - Treasurer/Board Member 


  • Central City Partnership - Board Member



  • Louisiana Baptist State Convention - Director Economic 


  • Community Services -1st Vice President / Board Member 


  • United Baptist Association - General Secretary 


  • Greater New Orleans Faith - Base Community Development Corporation 


  • Appointed Chaplin - New Orleans Police Dept. by former Chief Eddie Compass.


  • Appointed Chaplin - New Orleans Police Dept. by Chief Warren Riley


  • Comprehensive Central City Initiative of New Orleans, Inc. - Executive Board



  • New Orleans Faith Based Initiative - President 


  • Innocence Project New Orleans - Board Member