Who We Are

Our Pastor and First Lady

Eric E. Dickey

Eric E. Dickey, born May 7, 1966 and reared in the home of his maternal grandparents, the late Rev. A.A. & Mary Louise Dickey. His parents are the Mr. Tommy G. McDonald and the late Ms. Beverly Joyce Dickey. He attended the Biloxi Public Schools system, graduating from Biloxi Senior High School, 1984. Upon graduating from high school, he attended William Carey College where he earned and received a B.S.B in 1989. He has attended the Mississippi Baptist Seminary, Lift Bible Crusade and Seminary earning his Master’s degree in Theology, in 2007. He has received an honorary Doctorate degree from the St. Paul Seminary and Lift Bible Crusade College and Seminary. Currently, Pastor Dickey is actively pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry, from Lift Bible Crusade College and Seminary.

Eric Dickey’s career began working with the City of Biloxi in the Administration Community, Development Department as a Planning Technician. In 1993, Eric ran a successful campaign as a Ward Two Councilmember where he served three consecutive terms for a total of twelve (12) years. While serving on the City Council, he received his calling into the Ministry preaching his first initial sermon June 28, 2003, at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church formerly of Biloxi now relocated to D’Iberville.

In 2005, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Dickey supervised and coordinated the E.H. Potter Resurrection Center in D’Iberville. This relief and recovery center focused on the post-traumatic stress which included Pastoral, Mental and Psychological care and youth mentoring ages 3-24. On August 2006, Rev. Dickey was called to pastor the First Missionary Baptist Church of Biloxi. The First Missionary Baptist Church, which is located in the heart of East Biloxi and serves as the oldest African-American church in Biloxi, which, will celebrate 175 years as a congregation March 2020.

Pastor Dickey currently serves in the various position and organization:

  • President of Ministerial Alliance for Workforce Development
  •  Member of the Gulf Coast Ministerial Fellowship of Harrison County
  • Member of the BancorpSouth Community Reinvestment Act Advisory Board
  •  Youth Director for the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention
  • Assistant Youth Director of the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated International,
  • Life member of the local Branch of the NAACP, 
  • Member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma
  • Advisory Board Member of the Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • Former member STEPS Coalition
  • Director of Christian Education of the Gulf Coast Missionary Baptist District Association
  • Member of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention
  • Instructor for Lift Bible Crusade College and Seminary Jackson County Campus.


Pastor Dickey is a former member of the various position and organization:

  • Chairman of the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee 
  • Former Governor’s appointee to the MPACT
  •  Former President of the Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC/LEO)
  • City of Mayor Homeless Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Gulf Coast Housing Initiative with the Back Bay Mission

Former member of the O’Keefe Foundation and Disability Connection.

Pastor Dickey continues to lead the people of God by teaching and preaching his unadulterated Gospel. It is his vision that First Missionary Baptist Church will be a congregation is eager to provide missions and ministries that only enhance the Body of Christ. Those missions and ministries are designed to lift and provide the holistic approach to dying men and women in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ. It is the belief of Pastor Dickey that the youth and the elderly among the Young Adults are the most integral segment of the Church and that his desires to implement programs and ministries will effectively influence their roles. Further, Pastor Dickey seeks to involve the congregation is meeting the needs for families, which God has patterned his Church after. Together, the Pastor’s vision will seek to improve the lives of individuals seeking to grow and mature in Christ.

Pastor Dickey is married to the former Gwendolyn Eugenia Webber of Columbus, MS. Together, they are the proud parents of two daughters: Lauryn Allysa and Olivia Ravyn.

You can reach Pastor Dickey at:  [email protected] or by phone at: 228-297-4400