Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. William H. Whitaker, II

Dr. William H. Whitaker, II is honored to be the Pastor of the First Union Baptist Church, Derwent Road in the south side of Richmond, Virginia.  A minister called to nurture and educate the people of God, he accepted his call to ministry in 1990.  He began serving as the Pastorate of First Union Baptist Church on Sunday, November 2, 2014.


Educationally, Dr. Whitaker has been blessed to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.


In the community, Dr. Whitaker has served as a ministry trainer, clergy mentor, and seminary instructor and currently serves as an instructor of Church Finance and Administration at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.  He is a published author of several books and ministry training videos in the area of clergy care and church business administration which are being used as resources in today’s churches and seminaries.


Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Whitaker considers family and home life to be his greatest.  He resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife of 23 years, Maria, his daughter, Lauren McKenzie, and his son, William Howard, III.