Oscar D. Epps, Sr. is the founding Senior Pastor of the Community Missionary Baptist Church of Desoto, Texas, named and organized on February 14, 1993. He is the youngest and only son of eight children born to the late Oscar W. and Pearl Northcutt Epps. He accepted his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in November of 1987.
Pastor Epps’ educational journey includes a 1985 graduate of Justin F. Kimball High School (Dallas, TX); studentship at Ranger Junior College (Ranger, TX) and Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS); a four-year diploma from Southern Bible Institute in Biblical Studies (Dallas, TX); a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling from The School of Scriptures (Dallas, TX); and a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree with concentration on Christian Ministry from Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX). He is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from The School of Scriptures.
Pastor Epps has been blessed to serve previously as the President of The Texas Baptist African American Fellowship which is comprised of over 800 churches as well as the Moderator of The Dallas Baptist Association inclusive of over 500 churches. He currently serves as Chaplain for the Desoto Police Department (Desoto, TX) and is the very first African American chosen for this position. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dallas Baptist University.
Pastor Epps’ profound gift of teaching, preaching and singing has afforded him many opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout a multiplicity of cities and states. He possesses an infectious smile and personality. He is totally committed to gaining and retaining disciples for Christ. Several effective ministries have evolved within the Community Church to ensure that believers are educated and equipped to go out and win souls for Christ through teaching, witnessing and serving. Pastor Epps has a very devoted passion to demonstrate God’s love by serving others. Because of his yearning desire for ministry, he orchestrated the planting of seeds into 5 churches throughout our surrounding cities.
Pastor Epps married his lovely sweetheart, Belenthia on February 14, 1988. They are the very proud parents of three children: Destany, Oscar II and Aderius; and blissful grandparents to Desman, Aerington, Aderius, II and Aeron.