Rev. Dr. Pedro K. Basden, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Pedro Kennedy Basden was born on the island of Nassau, Bahamas. He received his early education at the Sandiland Primary School. He continued his education at the L. W. Young Jr./Sr. High school; where he graduated and received his high school diploma.
At the age of 19, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Dr. Basden accepted the call to preach in 1985. This led to his enrollment at the American Baptist College, Nashville, TN. Upon completion, he returned to the Bahamas and worked as a social worker at the Department of Social Services.
Later, he was given the opportunity to attend seminary by Bishop Frank Curtis Cummings, Presiding Prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Subsequently, in 1996 he enrolled at the Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary. Upon completion, he received the Master of Divinity degree in 1999. Due to an unquenchable thirst, he enrolled at ITC once again, and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2004.
He has pastored Mt. Gilead AME Church, Columbus, GA, Mt. Commodore A.M.E. Church, Columbus, GA, St. Thomas AME Church, Thomasville, GA, and Quinn Chapel AME Church, Louisville, KY. Currently, he serves as the Pastor of Warren Chapel AME Church, Chattanooga, TN.
Dr. Basden’s passion is “helping humanity realize its full potential”. Therefore, he works to make this a reality in his ministry. He was Co-President of Clout (Citizen of Louisville United Together) a community-based organization. Dr. Basden is also a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition in the city of Louisville. Dr. Basden also served seven (7) years as an instructor of Systematic Theology at Simmons Bible College, Louisville, Kentucky.
He is married to the former Ms. Beryl Brown and they have one daughter, Jewel.
Rev. Judge John W. McClarty, Associate Pastor
Judge John McClarty was educated in the Chattanooga Public School System, graduating from Howard High School in 1967. He went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree with Double Majors in Political Science and History, graduating in 1971 from Austin Peay State University. In 1976, Judge McClarty received a Juris Doctor Degree with Honors from Southern University School of Law ranking No. 5 in his class.. He also has attended the National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public Defenders, the National Judicial College and the Tennessee Judicial Academy.
Judge McClarty entered the private practice of law in 1976. During his 32 years of practice, he tried to completion
numerous non-jury and jury criminal trials in the municipal, sessions, juvenile, and criminal courts of Hamilton County and the surrounding counties. He has also tried to completion numerous non-jury and jury civil trials in the Sessions, Circuit and Chancery Courts of Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. He holds memberships in the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Chattanooga Bar Foundation, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Past Board Member) and the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1996).
Judge McClarty was elected to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in August 2010 making him the first African-American from East Tennessee to be elected to a statewide position. He was reelected in 2014 for a term of 8 years.
Judge McClarty is licensed to preach in the A.M.E. Church. He is an ordained elder, past Pastor of Joseph Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and served as a Special Assistant to Presiding Elders J. R. Williams and Lawrence Twiggs. He is presently Associate Pastor of Warren Chapel A.M.E. Church.
First Lady Rev. Beryl Basden
Rev. Beryl Basden is an Exceptional Education Teacher with Hamilton County. She has worked with students with learning disabilities for many years and provided best practices to students of all diversity. She is also an ordained elder and First lady of Warren Chapel AME Church.
School social work was Rev. Beryl’s first career. She always had a passion for providing children with needed support to grow into God’s beautiful creation, educationally, emotionally, and socially. Rev. Beryl believes that with support and guidance, all children have the capacity to change and walk into their destiny. Rev. Beryl holds that there is nothing impossible with God and with God, one can move mountains and conquer the giants. Rev. Beryl is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking in the church, home, and workplace.
Rev. Beryl attended American Baptist College, (Nashville, TN), Interdenominational Theological Seminary, (Atlanta, GA), Spalding University (Louisville, KY), and Walden University (Minneapolis, MN).
Rev. Beryl was awarded YMCA Adult Black Achiever award and is a member of Theta Honor Society.
She is married to the Rev. Dr. Pedro Basden, Pastor of Warren Chapel and the couple has a daughter, Jewel.
Rev. Beryl’s life verse is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthened me.”