Pastor's Bio

Rev. Dr. Milton R. Graham Sr. is in his 19th year as the 5th Pastor of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church (formerly known as Thomas Memorial Baptist Church), located at 1316 Brown Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Rev. Graham is a Bi-Vocational Pastor. On November 16, 2009, he was appointed by the DHS/DCFS Director to be the Pulaski County [Area 6] Director for the Division of Children and Family Services of the Department of Human Services. In this roll he is directly responsible for oversight and directs the daily operations of all DCFS staff in each of the Five County offices, which includes over 100 County and Unit Supervisors, Family Services Workers, Program Assistants and administrative clerical and support staff.  This staff administers and provides services such as: abuse and neglect child maltreatment investigations of (300-400 per month), foster care services on the average for (600-700 foster children & 240 foster family homes), protective and supportive services cases, which provide safety permanency and wellbeing for children and their families through the 5 county offices in Pulaski-South, Southwest, East, North Little Rock, and Jacksonville. Prior to serving in this position he has held numerous administrative, management, and supervisory positions within the Division of Children Family Services, including when he began his career with DCFS as a Family Services Worker. Those positions include the following: Family Service Worker conducting Child Abuse and Neglect, Investigations, providing Foster Care & Protective Case Work Services, Program Coordinator & County Supervisor for Foster Care Services in Pulaski County, Supervisor of Training, Testing & Analysis with Information Systems Technology, Qualitative Assurance Reviewer, Program Administrator, and Administrator for Program Operations for DCFS Community Services. Rev. Graham has over 24 years experience as a Child Welfare Professional, which includes time which he was also employed by Youth Home Inc as a Resident Treatment Manager in the Boys Intensive Behavior House with. In addition he has over 2 and half years experience as a regular substitute teacher in the Little Rock Public Schools. He is a 1983 graduate of the Historical Little Rock Central High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas (UCA-Conway) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Rev. Graham served in the Arkansas Army National Guard for 4 years and is a 1985 graduate of the United States Soldier Support Institute at Fort Benjamin Harris, Indiana. Rev. Graham received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religion which he received from Arkansas Baptist College in 1990. Rev. Graham continued his educations by attending the Academy for Family Centered Services University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School of Social Work and The Division of Children and Family Services Little Rock Arkansas. He successfully completed 102 Hours of Core Curriculum Training for Family Service Workers (1994) He also completed Managing Quality Performance Training (1994). Rev. Graham again continued his education through attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Graduate School of Social Work in Little Rock Arkansas, where he successfully completed course work studying Social Work Practice with Multi-Problem Families (02/92-04/92). As part of his training through the Arkansas Department of Human Services DCFS Little Rock Arkansas he successfully completed 117 Hours of Competency Based Training Level I and II (1990-91).  Pastor Graham received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree Anointed conferred By God Ministries, Alliance Seminary & Chaplains, (2016). Pastor Graham is ministry minded and believes the church is planted in the community for the good of the community.  God’s word says in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” The  it further states “in Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Pastor Graham sees that work as those out lined and described in Matthew chapter 25.  Thus through pastor Graham’s vision and leadership several Outreach Ministries have been formed at Bethesda such as; Bethesda’s D.Y.M.O.I. Manor, Raven Food Pantry Ministry, Clothes Closet, Say Yes Youth Mentoring Ministry, Prison & Jail Ministry, P-3 Ministry (Post, Prison, Population Ministry) S.W.A.T. Street Witnessing Ministry, the “Behold The Lamb Of God” radio-broadcast ministry, which can be heard each Saturday at 11:30p.m. till 12:00p.m., on “PRAISE 102.5FM.