DR. DANTE D. WRIGHT I

Our Pastor, Dr. Dante D. Wright I, a native of Dallas, Texas, is among his many roles; a husband, a father, a friend, and an avid sports fan. As the senior shepherd at Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise, Pastor Wright is demonstrative; both in the sanctuary and the seminary, of the mission of his church, Developing Christian disciples, through the word, to influence the world.  Dr. Wright led his team to formulate a mission to carry out the church’s profound purpose;  to live out the Great Commission.
 
Pastor Wright was active in ministry at an early age; yet, he followed his heart and his talents, after high school, and began his pursuit of higher education with an athletic scholarship to play football at Cisco Junior College, Cisco, Texas, where he earned an Associates of Applied Arts Degree in 1991.  After graduating from Cisco Junior College, he received an athletic scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Liberal Arts Degree in 1994.
 
After his collegiate football career was over, Pastor Wright, at the age of 24, begin his coaching career as the wide receiver coach at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York). It was at Hofstra where he had the ultimate dream and desire to become a head football coach at the division 1-A level.  He worked on the coaching staff at:   University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana; and Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
 
Although coaching was his passion; his call into the gospel ministry proved to be even more powerful. In a giant leap of faith, he resigned from Arkansas State University in 2004, after ten years of collegiate coaching, to become the full-time Senior Pastor at True Light Baptist Church, Blytheville, Arkansas.  The church grew under his leadership.  The membership expanded from 25 members to 200 members, in one year.
 
By now, embracing the call on his life, his pastoral role in ministry, his desire for theology academia, and his continued pursuit of advanced academic degrees, led him to Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership in 2000, a Master of Divinity Degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree with an academic concentration in homiletics from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also earned a Th.M. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary December 2016. He is currently writing his dissertation for an earned Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with Emphasis in Homiletics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an anticipated graduation date of December 2017.
 
Pastor Wright’s doctoral studies have taken him to Greece, Oxford University, Oxford, England, and Israel; where he, himself, was able to personally experience baptism in the Jordan River.  His studies at Oxford University enriched his analysis and explanation of biblical passages and his application of the principles of biblical interpretation.
 
His sermon, The Temptation to Quit, is published in the 2008 Oxford Sermon Book. The 2008 Oxford Sermon book is a compilation of sermons by other internationally-renowned U.S. pastors and preachers. In March of 2005, he accepted the call as the Senior Pastor of the Sweet Home Baptist Church of Round Rock, a century year old church with approximately 60 active members.  The church was ripe for change.  Under Pastor Wright’s leadership, Sweet Home experienced exponential growth in all areas of its ministry; including its membership, which now stands at approximately 1800 members. Pastor Wright has a passion for expository preaching and teaching and a love for reading and traveling.  Outside of his pastoral responsibilities; you will likely find him reading, tracking political and current events in the news, and/or watching sports.