Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus was born in Helena, Arkansas but relocated shortly after with his family to Kansas City, Kansas, where his father still serves as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Pastor Bachus accepted Christ at an early age and accepted his “call to the ministry” while a freshman in college. The former public elementary school teacher originally decided to work part-time in the ministry, but sensed the call to further prepare himself for full-time ministry.
Pastor Bachus received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Emporia State University, the Master of Divinity from the School of Theology of Virginia Union University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and the Doctorate of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio.
Pastor Bachus served as the Senior Pastor of First Union Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and the Shiloh Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio before being called as Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is married to the former Marla Shirley and has two sons: Selwyn Q. Bachus II and Myles Christian Jerome Bachus.
Pastor Bachus is a firm believer that a strong intimate relationship with God combined with a commitment to education has helped him to achieve in his life and he readily recommends this to today’s youth.
Pastor Bachus was recognized as one of the top 20 young pastors to watch in the nation by the African-American Pulpit Journal (Summer 2005). This year he will celebrate over 10 years as Senior Pastor of Salem and over 30 years of preaching.
Memberships and Affiliations:
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; Ohio Baptist General Convention, Statistical Secretary; Dayton Baptist Ministers Union; Baptist General Convention of Virginia; Tuckahoe Baptist Association of Virginia, Third Vice Moderator; Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond, Virginia, Financial Secretary, Second Vice President; and NAACP Member.