Pastor Claude L. White, Jr., a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, confessed a
hope in Christ at the age of nine and accepted the call to preach the Gospel at
the age of fifteen. He was licensed to preach in February 1986, at the Star of
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, where his father, Claude
L. White, Sr., is Pastor. On July 9, 1989, under the leadership of the late
Roosevelt Tart: former Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Zion,
Illinois, Pastor White was ordained.
Following sincere prayer and consideration, Pastor White enlisted in the
United States Army where he served from July 1989 until November 1997. His tour of duty
included serving in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He has been the recipient of numerous awards
and letters of commendation, including those of General Samuel A. Lefler, and General Colin Powell.
Pastor White served in several capacities which aided in his Spiritual and administrative
development. He has served as Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Zion, Illinois
under the guidance of Dr. B. J. Gaston; Pastor of Evangelism at Greater St. John Baptist Church,
Chicago, Illinois under the direction of Rev. Ira J. Acree; Pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church,
Waukegan, Illinois (2001-2006) In June of 2006 Pastor White was appointed by Pastor C. L.
Fairchild to succeed him as pastor. He accepted and served as Pastor of Greater Faith ChurchBaptist, Waukegan, Illinois (2006-2009). Subsequent to much prayer and deliberation, February 2009, Pastor White was led to organize and lead the Grace of God Baptist Church of Waukegan,
Illinois. This anointed visionary serves with passion for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Pastor White’s formal education includes Zion Benton High School, Zion, Illinois, McKinley
Theological Seminary, Zion, Illinois (Biblical Studies), Northeastern Illinois University,
Chicago, Illinois (Computer Science). He is presently studying at Trinity University of Deerfield, Illinois (M.Div. Studies). Pastor White serves as Lecturer within the Young Adults Department for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Auxiliary of National Baptist Convention, USA Incorporated
and has served in that capacity for three (3) years. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer, he served
as Instructor for three (3) years teaching, The Literature of the Old Testament. Pastor White is
Chairman of the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois Devotional Committee, serves as a
Chaplain of the Zion Police Department of Zion, Illinois, and Vista Medical Center of Waukegan, Illinois.
Pastor White is married to the former Renée M. Taylor, father to daughter Asmarina and son,
Blake. His personal philosophy is rooted in the great commandment, to love all mankind and to
do unto others, as you would have them do unto you
Grace of God Baptist Church Rev. Claude L. White, Jr., Pastor 707 North Avenue Waukegan, IL 60085 224-399-9014