Our Pastor


Reverend Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr. is widely recognized as a spiritual leader and advocate for justice and human rights. He maintains a respected reputation as a man of conviction, one who consistently demonstrates hands-on leadership and a commitment to his congregation and issues affecting all humanity. Having a deep concern for issues that relate to spiritual empowerment, economic equity, educational development and human rights, his work has taken him to several continents on behalf of these issues. Rev. Dr. Carolina is the recipient of the 2014 New York City Controller Trailblazer Award and is the leading advocate in bringing nationally recognized Eagle Academy to Staten Island as well as the Cure Violence Initiative; known on Staten Island as 49 Strong Saving Lives. 

As an educator and active proponent of higher education, Reverend Dr. Carolina has received numerous awards and certificates for outstanding service, leadership, merit and scholastic excellence. He has served as an educator for over 25 years in the class room and in administration. A few of his posts include Adjunct and Associate Professor of Applied Science, Business Education, Health Education, Educational Administration, World Religions, Sociology and Cross Cultural Diversity. A few of his administrative posts include Upward Bound Counselor, Student Advocate, Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Student Affairs, and Senior Policy Advisor to two college presidents. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Communications, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science, History and Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration Leadership from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Management from the University of Phoenix. He also accomplished post graduate work at New York University, CUTS Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary Graduate Studies Program, and Philadelphia College of the Bible. The title of Dr. Carolina’s dissertation is: A qualitative study of the healthcare experiences and health information acquisition of African American men. 


Reverend Dr. Carolina answered the call to gospel ministry at age 16. His missionary work has been world-wide and his preaching/teaching ministry has spanned the globe. He is known for his work on the behalf of underrepresented populations in the United States, Europe and Africa. He is also known to be an effectiveness leading pastor, having pastored in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. Some highlights of his ministry includes being the youngest president in the history of the South Jersey Ministers’ Alliance, building the social consciousness and ministry effectiveness of the congregations and surrounding communities of each church he has served and building a 150 million dollar shopping center in The Bronx NY. He has been effective with the unique implementation of family centered ministries that foster numerous community partnership initiatives including but not limited to senior citizen’s programming, pre-school programming and training ministers, pastor mentorships, deacons, teachers and educational administrators development and training. Additionally, through local community workshops, seminars and fairs, he administered programs to encourage health awareness, community involvement and financial freedom for numerous congregations and surrounding communities.

Reverend Dr. Carolina currently serves as Senior Pastor at First Central Baptist Church, Staten Island, New York since 2005. He constantly contributes to the betterment of the Staten Island community by providing strong educational advocacy, economic development and facilitating bold community partnership initiatives, benefiting various community organizations. As the Executive Director of the Central Family Life Center, with responsibility to develop corporate, public and private relationships, he has raised awareness of service needs and has sought to offer greater collaborative response to the community by way of the center. Dr. Carolina oversees and administers strategies to ensure the operation and sustainability of the Life Center. Dr. Carolina oversees a city-funded after school program, a senior citizens program, prison recidivism, mental health support, youth recreation and various other community enhancements projects. He promotes intergenerational programming such as the annual celebration of "everyone’s birthday," annual philanthropic community holiday events, monthly collaborative leadership meetings, development of various borough-wide peace and self-empowerment demonstrations, advocacy and advisement to various political officials, and he has constantly built effective community sponsorship of events and programming to meet the diverse socioeconomic needs of surrounding communities.

The Reverend Dr. Carolina has co-authored several peer review research studies focused on prostate cancer and health literacy associated for underrepresented communities. He is currently the president of “Clergy with a Purpose,” a city-wide ecumenical clergy empowerment organization. He is a member and award recipient of the NAACP. He also sits on numerous local and national boards. A few would include: M.B.D. House Corporation, the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity, the United Missionary Baptist Association, former executive board-member of the Staten Island University Hospital and Regional Vice President of the Hampton University Ministers Conference.

Reverend Dr. Carolina is the father of three wonderful children, Dior Isaiah, DeLisa Mona and Demetrius Solomon Carolina, II. Reverend Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina's book is entitled “Let There Be Light, Creating a Life Worth Living”.