Dr. Howard E. Anderson, Sr. was born in Jewett, Texas. After graduating from George Washington Carver High School in 1964, he served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. Dr. Anderson is a Vietnam War veteran.
Dr. Anderson was called to preach in June 1979 and was ordained in 1983. He organized The “Exciting” Singing Hills Baptist Church in January 1984 with 24 members and has served as Pastor for 39 years. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown to over 3000 members and has completed five building projects.
Academically, in 1983, Dr. Anderson became the first African American to receive a degree from Criswell College. That year, he received his B.A. in Biblical Studies. He attained his M.A. in Pastoral Theology in 1993 from Criswell College. His academic achievements at Criswell College afforded him the opportunity to serve on its Accreditation Committee. In 2003, he received his Doctorate of Ministry from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary in Dothan, Alabama.
Dr. Anderson has served on numerous committees in the Dallas Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention. His roles have included: President of Dallas Baptist Association Pastor’s Conference, President of BGCT’s Black Baptist Fellowship, Executive Board Member of BGCT, Regional Mission Board Member and Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptist Convention. He has also served as a Trustee of Dallas Southwest Medical Center.
In 2003, Dr. Anderson wrote his first book Growth Principles for an Exciting Church, discussing the mental discernment every church needs to be alive and vibrant. In June of 2005, he released his second book Life Navigation: Biblical Guidance For Daily Living, expounding the normal, cooperative, and continual aspects of spiritual growth and how God’s Word guides through our journey. In July of 2015, he released his third book The Power of Your Faith, God gives us a resource that allows us to find victory in every circumstance that we encounter. It is the Power of Your Faith in God.
Dr. Anderson has been married to Mrs. Shirley Von Anderson for 56 years. They have one son, Howard II., M.D., daughter in law Erica, granddaughter Francesca Von, and grandsons Howard III and William Albert.
Dr. Howard E. Anderson, II has served as the Executive Assistant to the Pastor since 2017, assisting the Pastor with business and finance-related matters. He accepted his call to the ministry in 2005.
Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Texas A&M University and The University of Texas McGovern Medical School. He is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine and has been practicing in the South Dallas County area for more than 23 years.
He and his wife, Erica, have been married for 31 years and have three children, Francesca Von, Howard III, and William Albert.
Reverend Golden Davis, Sr. is a native of Dallas, Texas. The son of a Baptist preacher, he accepted his call to the Gospel ministry in 1989.
Rev. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in New Testament Bible Studies at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He recently received his Doctorate in Education.
On January 1, 2012, Rev. Davis assumed the position of Executive Pastor at The “Exciting” Singing Hills Baptist Church. Rev. Davis brings more than 20 years of preaching, leadership, church polity, Christian Education, and community involvement to the Singing Hills experience. In his current role, he provides general oversight for matters relating to the success of the church and its ministries.
Rev. Davis is a family man. He married the former Ms. April M. Woods in December 1988. They are blessed to have 6 children and 8 grandchildren.
Rev. De'Ron Pelton, Sr. serves as Staff Ministry Assistant at The "Exciting" Singing Hills Baptist Church for 18 years. Rev. Pelton is a Dallas, TX native. He attended Midwestern State University. Rev. Pelton has been married to his wife Veronica Pelton for 17 years and has 4 boys. Rev. Pelton enjoys watching and playing sports and learning new things about technology.
Jo Grayson serves as Executive Secretary at The "Exciting" Singing Hills Baptist Church for 34 years. Ms. Grayson is a Jewett, TX native. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations from Sam Houston State University. Ms. Grayson enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Erica Anderson has served as the Administrative Assistant at The "Exciting" Singing Hills Baptist Church for 15 years. Mrs. Anderson is a Garland, TX native. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Anderson has been married to her husband Dr. Howard Anderson, II for 31 years. Mrs. Anderson enjoys family, sports, and reading.