Reverend Christopher T. Conti, MD | Senior Pastor
Reverend Christopher T. Conti M.D accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church on February 28, 2015. following the dynamic tenure of Pastor-Emeritus, Wanda L. Sawyer-Flipping.
Dr. Conti welcomes God's assignment to meet the Gospel mandates of discipleship & evangelism.
Reverend Conti believes that God's vision is to carry on the rich legacy of community building, servant-leadership & Kingdom work that have epitomized Emmanuel Baptist Church since its inception in 1901.
Pastor Conti, a native of Washington, DC, is a son of the Emmanuel Baptist Church ministry; joining the EBC family in 2001. After several years of lay-ministry, Reverend Conti was licensed in 2004 & ordained in 2005.
Reverend Conti served as the Spiritual Leader for the Developing Christ-Like Men Teen Ministry, and later as the Pastor for Youth & Families before his appointment as the Assistant Pastor for Administration and Discipleship.
In 2011, after 6 years of faithful Kingdom service at EBC, Dr. Conti embarked on a 3-year ministry journey as the Senior Pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Donora, PA; bringing sound Biblical teaching, dynamic preaching and a vision for engaging & empowering ministry.
Through God's divine timing, in January 2014, Reverend Conti and his family returned home to EBC with an even deeper love for God, His people & and His mandate for Kingdom work.
Dr. Conti is humbled and energized by the privilege God has extended to lead the discipleship of Emmanuel during this exciting time in the church's history. He aspires to follow God's vision in order to position EBC as a 'radiant, relevant, empowering and transformational place where people can encounter God and experience His fullness'.
Pastor Conti graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1997.
He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC and is a practicing emergency medicine physician. He is a skilled clinician with a passion for medical education and a commitment to health promotion; who has had faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently serves as an independent-contractor emergency physician at multiple sites within the Greater Pittsburgh region, including within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system; thus allowing more time to focus on the many facets of pastoral ministry.
Reverend Dr. Conti is presently pursuing a doctorate in Christian Counseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary and endeavors to be used by God to encourage and counsel those who are hurting.
Most recently, Reverend, Dr. Conti established the Emmanuel Empowerment Foundation, a 501©3 , non-profit entity, which exists to serve as the principal fundraising element of the Emmanuel Baptist Church; enabling the church and it’s discipleship to remain singularly-focused on Bible-based generosity (tithing & sacrificial giving) & meeting the Gospel mandates of evangelism & service.
Pastor Conti is joined in this ministry journey with his wife of 18 years, Dr. Tracey Conti, who is the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UPMC McKeesport Hospital & Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Sister Tracey shares in Pastor Conti's zeal and commitment for Kingdom work & together they endeavor to strengthen individuals, families and communities through engaging, doctrinally sound, Bible-based ministry.
Pastor Conti and Tracey are the proud parents of six sons, Chris Jr, Nicholas, Matthew, Zachary, Jacob, and Benjamin; and one daughter, Sarah.