Dr. Sammie J. Dow is the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. At "The Grove," as it is affectionately known, Dr. Dow leads a growing and vibrant congregation, of more than 2,000 members, in their vision of transforming lives. His ministry focuses on empowering people to reach their maximum potential in life, family and work. You can learn more about The Grove here.
Dr. Dow was licensed and ordained for Gospel ministry by Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the leadership of Dr. William H. Curtis. He served as Minister to Youth and College Students at Morning Star Baptist Church, in Baltimore, Maryland, under the leadership of Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam and as Director of Ministries at The Luke Church, in Humble, Texas, under the leadership of Dr. Timothy W. Sloan.
He previously served as the National Director of the NAACP's Youth and College Division. The Division is the nation’s largest organized group of youth activists with more than 20,000 members under the age of 25. During his tenure, the Division experienced a significant increase in membership and engaged more than 8.5 million young people, across the country, on issues of police reform, racial profiling, and gun violence.