Reverend Atu White

Washington, DC

Portrait, Atu White


Pastor Atu White is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina. Pastor White was ordained at the age of 19 in the Fire Baptized Holiness Church.

Dr. White serves as Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Springfield, MA. Under his leadership and the prayerful support and labor of the congregation, God has faithfully added over 600 souls to this ministry. Mt. Zion is committed to being a place of healing, help, and hope.

To further serve and invest in the greater Springfield community, Mt. Zion recently acquired The Historic Dunbar Community Center. Dr. White is excited to lead the efforts of another generation being developed, trained and inspired through the Arts, Wellness, and Education that The Dunbar provides. To further enhance the property, Mt. Zion renovated the old gymnasium to serve as a multiuse performing arts theatre. Through great partnerships, The Dunbar Center provides licensed after-school programming for 60 kids, sports for 600 youth and 220 adults, a dance studio, martial arts training, and a broadcast studio. Pastor White believes in building strong partnerships to shape, transform, and impact the community.

An honors graduate of Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina (BA in Pastoral Ministry), Pastor White furthered his studies at Howard University, earning a Masters of Divinity. In 2011, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, he serves as the First Vice President of the United Baptist Convention of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of SABIS International Charter School in Springfield, MA.

Pastor White’s ministry spans several denominations. He has served as the Youth Pastor at Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Washington, DC, the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Paramount Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and as the Youth and Family Pastor at Bethel AME Church in Boston, MA. Given his rich experience and vast study of ministry models, he consults and lectures in the area of practical theology, covering issues related to leadership, church growth and capacity building. He has an expertise in unofficial leadership and is the author of Unofficial Leadership: Perspectives on Church Vitality from Stealth Leaders.

Dr. Atu White sincerely believes in the words of Apostle Paul “therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.”