Dr. Lou Baldwin
Lou Baldwin is founder and Pastor Emeritus of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, where he pastored for thirty years.
A successful businessman who relocated to the Washington, DC area from Tallahassee, Florida, he trusted Christ as Savior on July 22, 1976.
In 1978, he felt the call of God to preach, and entered the Fairfax Baptist Temple Missions Academy to prepare for the ministry. Upon graduation in 1981, his family was commissioned to Washington, DC to plant the Northwest Baptist Temple, an independent, fundamental Baptist church. Twenty months later, the church relocated to suburban Northern Virginia and was renamed "Crossroads Baptist Church."
In 1993, the Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon Pastor Baldwin by the Atlantic Baptist Bible College. In 1996, he was honored with a Doctorate of Laws degree from Bob Jones University.
His personal burden resulted in the inception of the Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA) in 1994. As founder of this movement, he pilots an international effort to plant New Testament Baptist churches in black communities.
He served on the Board of Directors for Atlantic Baptist Bible College for twenty-five years. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees for Baptist International Missions, Inc. for twenty years, and as Vice-Chairman and Chairman in his last several years there. He currently serves as a board member on the Bailey's Crossroads Revitalization Committee in Fairfax County, Virginia. Dr. Baldwin has preached in national meetings including the Southwide Baptist Fellowship, SWORD of the Lord, Baptist Bible Fellowship International and Bible Conference at Bob Jones University.
Dr. Baldwin's heart for church planting has taken him throughout North and Central America, Europe and the Caribbean. Under his leadership and example more than 300 men and boys have surrendered to preach and twenty-seven churches have been established. These churches along with Crossroads collectively give more than one million dollars annually for world missions. He and his wife, Jeanette, have three children (Michael, Dee Dee and Kenny), a son-in-law (Lou Williams), two daughters-in-law (Lora and Bethany) and nine grandchildren. The Baldwins reside in Annandale, Virginia.