Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Mosley, Jr.
For 55 years Reverend Dr. Andrew M. Mosley, Jr., marched to the steps ordered by God for his life’s work in ministry and mission. For 52 years Reverend Mosley led congregations in Alabama and Virginia; of which 32 years at the Quioccasin Baptist Church. He accomplished numerous milestones that have shaped the character and personality of this dynamic servant of God. Below are some of the milestones that demonstrate his devotion to the ministry of Jesus Christ.
He is the fifth child born to the late Reverend Dr. Andrew M. Mosley, Sr. and Mrs. Eva Murdock Mosley. He professed belief in Jesus as his Savior and was baptized by his father at Green Street Baptist Church. His education began in the public schools of Selma. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He accepted the call to preach the gospel during his first year of college. He was licensed to preach at Green Street Baptist under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. Charles A. Lett, Jr. in 1960. In 1964, Reverend Mosley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in History from Knoxville College.
To fulfill his quest for additional education, Reverend Mosley studied at Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, Alabama. To broaden his perspective on life and ministry, Reverend Mosley moved to East Chicago, Indiana where he was employed as a substitute school teacher and later experienced “Corporate America” in the steel mill. He was ordained in April 1965 by the Greater First Baptist Church under the pastorate of his brother-in-law, Reverend Collins Pettaway. Because of his outstanding preaching, singing, and instrumental musical talents, the door was opened for him to become an interim minister for the First Baptist Church in East Chicago. The experiences in East Chicago were invaluable and left an indelible impression on Reverend Mosley which he still carries with him today.
Reverend Mosley moved to Selma to be closer to his aging mother. He enrolled in Selma University and became the pastor of Elbethel Baptist Church in Selma. While pastoring at Elbethel, he met and married Gerthadine Givan.
Reverend Mosley completed his studies and earned a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Selma University. After graduating, he was called to pastor the New Bethel Baptist Church of Dothan, Alabama in 1967. He taught at R. B. Hudson High School in Selma during the week and commuted to Dothan on weekends to pastor. Because of the social injustices in Dothan, there grew a greater demand for Reverend Mosley to become a fulltime pastor. Reverend and Mrs. Mosley moved to Dothan, Alabama because he felt God was calling him to deal with the social ills in that area and to broaden his ministry as a pastor.
While living in Dothan, he was afforded the opportunity to spend more time with the members of New Bethel and assisted those who challenged racial segregation. There were many meetings with the federal authorities who tried to negotiate with local authorities on the injustices. After many negotiations failed, Reverend Mosley appeared in court many times to challeng the “separate but equal” practices. Because of his leadership, tenacious persistency, and court appearances, the public parks and the Boys and Girls Club in Dothan were desegregated. In the midst of all his struggles, joy came with the birth of their first child, Angela Mattell. Four years later their second child, Andrew, III was born in Dothan.
In 1972, Reverend Mosley enrolled in the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He commuted by bus to Richmond on Mondays and left on Fridays for Alabama. The rewards of this experience were vital to Reverend Mosley’s mission and ministry. He received a Master of Divinity Degree from the School of Theology, Virginia Union University in May 1975. Reverend Mosley was called to pastor the First Baptist Church, Covington, Virginia, in May 1975. Accepting this call meant a major move for the pastor’s family that would take them out of Alabama.
In October 1974, the Mosley family took the long trip from Alabama to Covington. Reverend Mosley continued to glorify God by preaching his powerful evangelistic sermons, singing, and displaying his musical talents. He organized and added the A.M. Mosley Gospel Chorus to the music ministry of First Baptist. The dynamics of his leadership and community involvement made an impressionable difference in Covington and the Alleghany Highlands. Reverend Mosley was involved in church related organizations, the School Board, healthcare, and became a volunteer hospital chaplain. Two musical groups were organized and directed by Reverend Mosley – the Male Chorus of Covington and the Alleghany Mass Choir. Reverend Mosley also gave pastoral leadership to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Low Moor, Virginia and Siloam Baptist Church in Millboro, Virginia.
In his perseverance to broaden his ministry through higher education, he commuted to Washington, D.C. for courses at Catholic University, Wesleyan Theological Seminary and Howard University School of Divinity. He received a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Howard University School of in 1982. Dr. Mosley traveled extensively to preach, teach, facilitate training events, attended conventions, and worked with the Alabama State Convention Summer Camp. He also made his first trip to West Africa and Europe while living in Covington. There were many memorable experiences in Covington – among them was the birth of their third child, Andre’ Maurice. In February 1982, Dr. Mosley accepted the pastorate at Quioccasin Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
In June 1983, the Mosley family moved to Richmond. Dr. Mosley’s prophetic preaching, and visionary leadership was soon known in Richmond and vicinity. He continued Quioccasin’s legacy in participating in joint ecumenical services. He implemented an 8:00 a.m. Worship Service, organized the Children’s Ministry, the Junior Choir, and the Deacons and Deaconess Choir, for which he served as musician.
Dr. Mosley added the positions of Minister of Children, Minister of Juniors, Minister of Youth, Minister of Seniors, Minister of Stewardship, Minister of Young Adults, and Minister of Mission. Under Dr. Mosley’s leadership thirteen ministers were licensed, eleven ministers ordained, eighteen deacons ordained, and twenty trustees commissioned. Dr. Mosley started and provided many opportunities for fellowship, including hosting an annual cookout. He provided opportunities for members to visit many of the historic civil rights sites, attend conventions, and churches in Alabama, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Dr. Mosley led Quioccasin to erect a multi-purpose building (The Andrew M. Mosley, Jr., Enrichment Center). Two honorary degrees were conferred on Dr. Mosley – Doctor of Laws Degree from Richmond Virginia Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and the Doctor of Divinity from Selma University in Selma, Alabama.
Quioccasin Baptist Church has benefited immensely from witnessing God at work through His Servant Leader, Dr. Mosley. For thirty-two years, Pastor and People together endeavored to do God’s will and the ministry of the church.
After 32 years of pastoral stewardship at Quioccasin Baptist Church, Reverend Mosley retired on June 30, 2015. His preaching, missionary work, civic and community service will be remembered for decades.
On June 3, 2018, the Quioccasin Baptist Church congregation bestowed the honor of Pastor Emeritus upon Reverend Dr. Andrew M. Mosley, Jr.
Mrs. Gerthadine Mosley is a retired school teacher from Dumbarton Elementary School in Henrico County, Virginia. They are the parents of three children: daughter, Dr. Angela M. Mosley; and two sons, Andrew M. Mosley, III and Andre’ M. Mosley. Two daughters-in-law, Quovardis White-Mosley and Sheritta Mosley; and four grandchildren: Quiara Monqiue, Pierce Alexander, Kennedy Simone, and Christian Marshall Mosley.
Dr. Mosley has traveled to Russia, West Africa, Europe, Canada, Bahamas, and throughout the United States of America.
His Past Positions and Memberships:
President Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity
President of Henrico Ministers’ Fellowship
Co-Chair of Interfaith Council of Henrico County
Moderator of Tuckahoe Baptist Association
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Richmond Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
Chairman of the Commission of Evangelism for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia
Member of the Credential and Caucus Committee, Budget Committee, Committee on International Issues and Social Concerns for the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
Member of the Executive Board for Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Appointed by Governor L. Douglas Wilder to the Trustee Board of the Virginia Museum of Natural History
Member of the Steering Committee for the Henrico Area Mental Health and Retardation Services
Program Board of Area II of the American Baptist Church of the South
Educational Foundation of Henrico County, Virginia
Committee of Black Clergy
United Way Campaign for Greater Richmond
Chairman of the Africa Working Committee of the Board of International Ministries of American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
Volunteer Chaplain Henrico Doctor’s Hospital
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention
American Baptist Convention, U.S.A.
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
Baptist General Convention of Virginia
Henrico Branch NAACP
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Western Henrico Clergy Association
Henrico Minister’s Conference
Baptist Minister’s Conference of Richmond and Vicinity
Department of Social Services Board – Henrico County