A Servant’s Servant
Rev. Dr. Terrence L. Vandiver, Sr., “A Servant’s Servant,” is the Senior Pastor of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Blythe, GA. Dr. Vandiver is an anointed, visionary leader, inspired preacher/teacher, and a much sought after, featured speaker for various churches, leadership, and ministry development programs. Dr. Vandiver was born in Anderson S.C. and raised as a military dependent in the United States and Europe.
Education with Honor
Dr. Vandiver completed his early education in the Columbia County Public School System, graduating from Evans High School in 1991 with a call by God to serve in the area of health science. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the historic Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA, in 1996. He matriculated at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, Augusta, GA, and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2001. Dr. Vandiver was honored to serve in numerous political positions within the realm of organized dentistry, including Delegate to the Georgia Dental Association House of Delegates and the American Student Dental Association House of Delegates.
Preaching & Leading
God’s call to ministry began at the young age of 17 when Dr. Vandiver was elected as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This ministry laid a solid foundation of service and commitment to ministry that found its culmination in the call from God to pursue a Masters of Divinity Degree at Erskine Theological Seminary, graduating class of 2015.
Rev. Vandiver commenced his preaching ministry at the young age of 27, and began serving as Assistant Pastor at age 29, while serving at Gospel Cathedral in Augusta, GA. For over 20 years he has been a strong advocate of outreach ministry and community development and involvement. Under his direction a plethora of innovative community services were conceptualized and implemented, such as Final Shot, an outreach ministry for young men centered on a shared love of basketball, as well as being of frequent service to local prison ministry, and the development and implementation of numerous courses in leadership, church history, theology, and effective methods of teaching.
Dr. Vandiver is married to the lovely Maria Vandiver, his best friend of over 13 years. They are the proud parents of a son, Terrence, Jr., and two daughters, Taryn and Tierra. Dr. Vandiver is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.