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Reverend Leonard D. Comithier, Jr., was born in Catskill, New York to the late Deacon Leonard Comithier, Sr., and Mrs. Lucinda Brewer Comithier of Coeymans, New York. Coeymans is the town of his childhood where he was educated in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School System. Reverend Comithier was reared in the strong Christian environment of the Riverview Baptist Church, which instilled in him a manner that is unapologetically Black and unashamedly Christian.
Reverend Comithier pursued undergraduate studies at West Virginia State University; graduate studies at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York), the New York Theological Seminary (New York City), and post-graduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany. Additionally, he holds New York State Certification in Special and Elementary Education and Permanent Certification in School Administration and Supervision.
He is fully qualified as a pastor, preacher, teacher, counselor and friend. He came to the Macedonia Baptist Church, following a very effective and successful pastorate at the Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The fruits of his labor are evident in the Pittsfield community by the presence of the Berkshire Community Choir as well as a community of believers within the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Reverend Comithier received the prestigious “Martin Luther King Drum Major of Life” Award in 2007 from the Pittsfield Area Council of Churches.
Reverend Comithier has taught and lectured on the “History and Relevance of the Black Church” in the Empire State Congress of Christian Education of the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, and in many local churches, schools and colleges. He also developed a Rites of Passage Program which is a faith-based, cultural/social enrichment program designed for youth.
He retired as Coordinator of Ministerial Services for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. He served as a board member of the Whitney M. Young Health Center, Area Vice President of the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, President of the Baptist Ministers Alliance (Capital Area), President of the Baptist Ministers Conference, Past Moderator of the Hudson River Frontier Missionary Baptist Association, Past Coordinator of the Voices of Wellness, and Coordinator of the African–American Clergy United for Empowerment and the Albany Area Council of Churches.
Reverend Comithier was appointed by Reverend Robert W. Dixon as his successor to coordinate the Capital Area TriCities Revival. He was elected in September 2011 as the Third Vice President of the Empire Baptist State Congress of Christian Education of the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, and was appointed in November 2011 as chair of the Commission on Education and Theological Studies, also in the Empire Baptist State Convention. In January 2015, Reverend Comithier was appointed by Revered Dr. Jerry Young, President of the National Baptist Convention, as the New York State Representative to the National Baptist Convention Board of Directors.
Having led the Macedonia Baptist Church of Albany for nearly thirty years, Reverend Comithier has effectively demonstrated his pastoral leadership through discipleship, mentoring, personal community involvement and continuous encouragement to his Macedonia family as well as to other pastors and churches. As an example, his influence has paved the way for others to follow his model summer Vacation Bible School structure, which includes usage of facilities on the Siena College campus.
Reverend Comithier implemented a community-wide mentoring program for students who need academic support and Scholarship Fund programs that provide monetary awards and scholarships for supporting higher education. Macedonia’s commitment to academic excellence was the impetus for establishing the Macedonia Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to Macedonia’s aspiring college students as well as students of the Greater Capital District.
Reverend Comithier is a well-respected nationally renowned preacher who has proudly served as the Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church for thirty years. God continues to bless Reverend Comithier as he celebrates another milestone of fulfilling the vision God gave him to move the Church to a new location, thereby reflecting on Exodus 33, The Horizon Leans Forward For Us . . . To God be the Glory!