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Pastor's Biography



Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.  currently serves as the Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Since his arrival in 1996 and under his leadership, the fellowship has strengthened numerically and spiritually. Numerous ministries, Discipleship Classes and Mission Efforts have been organized and are operating to meet the needs of the congregants and the community. Dr. Hamlin’s love of preaching, teaching and spreading the Gospel is evident throughout his life’s activities and relationships. A concern for human welfare that reaches beyond the interpersonal to the systemic has consistently shaped his foundation for ministry. In support of the ministry’s concern for community, the Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation was founded in 1999. In 2007, the former Arlington Veterans Memorial YMCA was purchased and transformed into the Macedonia Baptist Church Family Life Center which consists of an administration building and outdoor pool. Working with non-profit developers, organizations, community and governmental agencies to secure financing and design, The “Macedonian” housing project was completed.  This 36 unit affordable housing and business offices complex opened for occupancy in May 2011. The Macedonian Housing project received LEED certification as the most energy efficient Multi-Family Housing unit in Northern Virginia. In addition to the properties listed, the church purchased additional land currently being used for meeting spaces, classrooms and neighborhood economic empowerment. Dr. Hamlin and the Ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church are committed to transforming lives and the community through faith.
 
           Dr. Hamlin received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (1983) from the Howard University School of Business, Master of Divinity Degree (1994), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity (1996). He served as a Ford Foundation Research Fellow and is a recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays Scholarship for Education and Commitment to the ministry. In April 2005, Dr. Hamlin completed the (SLI) Summer Leadership Institute Continuing Education Program of the Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, an executive training program for clergy, lay leaders, and community activists who are involved in faith-based community and economic development. Dr. Hamlin is a graduate of Leadership Arlington, Class of 2001 and a recipient of Leadership Arlington’s Leadership Legacy Award. He has served and been appointed to numerous community, faith based and governmental boards, commissions, agencies and is currently Chair of the Arlington County Affordable Housing Study Working Group as well as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair for the Prince George’s County Maryland Housing Authority.
 
            Dr. Hamlin is married to Machell Nicholson Hamlin, Esquire, and they are the proud parents of one son, Leonard L. Hamlin, Jr., a graduate of Saint John’s University in Queens, New York.