In the fall of 1947, Martin Luther King delivered his first sermon at the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Ebenezer’s congregation voted to license King as a minister soon afterward, and he was ordained in February 1948.
How did Martin Luther King Jr become a pastor?
After marrying his wife, Coretta Scott, in 1953, King became a pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
What did Martin Luther King do after he was a pastor?
King went on to serve as Ebenezer’s associate minister during his breaks from Crozer Theological Seminary and from his doctoral studies at Boston University through early 1954. He returned as co-pastor with his father, Martin Luther King, Sr., serving from 1960 until his assassination in 1968.