Field Education Coordinator


  • BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • MDiv, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, 2002
  • DMin, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Melvin R. Baber serves as the Field Education Coordinator at Lancaster Theological Seminary since June 1, 2019. From 2016-2019, he served as an adjunct instructor at Lancaster Theological Seminary and co-taught the following classes: Ministry Seminars 200 and 300, and Developing Leaders.

Dr. Baber is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in Criminology, a graduate of the Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond Virginia where he earned his Master of Divinity degree and the Lancaster Theological Seminary Lancaster, PA where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree on May 16, 2015.

Rev. Baber was licensed in 1980 and ordained in 1982 by the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Robert E. McMorris.

On July of 2004, Rev. Baber was called to be the 10th Pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church, York, PA, where he is still currently serving. Pastor Baber is now the longest sitting Pastor in the history of the Friendship Baptist Church of York, PA.

Before entering full-time ministry, Pastor Baber served as the Assistant Director of Outreach for the Community Action Program of Lancaster, PA, Director of the Ex-offender program for the Urban League of Lancaster County, Acting President of the Urban League of Lancaster County, an adult probation and parole officer in Lancaster County, District Sales Manager for the Harrisburg Patriot News Company, and has taught grades 9-12, in the West Shore, Harrisburg, and Steelton school districts.

Dr. Baber is the author of “The Hurtful Use of Derogatory Language by Black Pastors About LGBTQ People” in the Black Missionary Baptist Churches in the Central PA Region.

Rev. Dr. Melvin R. Baber is married to the former Veda W. Cox. They are the proud parents of five children, Tiffany, Yolanda, Melanie, Danita and Jeremy. In addition, they are blessed with 10 grandchildren (and counting).

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