Dean of Congress of Christian Education


Pastor Nathaniel Calhoun






Nathaniel Calhoun entered this world in humble surroundings.  He was blessed to be born into the God fearing family of James and Effie B. Calhoun.  He was the fourth of nine children.

He had a love for God and God's people at an early age.  This relationship and passion continues today.  His secular education began at the Thompson/Carver School system in Union Springs, AL.  Upon completing high school, he moved to Saginaw, MI.  and was hired by the General Motors Corporation.  After working a few months, he was drafted into the United States Army.  He was honorably discharged two years later.  When he return to Saginaw, he began his baccalaureate career at the Saginaw Business Institute, (Presently Great Lakes University).  As time passed, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Saginaw Valley State University.  He did graduate work at the University of Michigan.  He worked in the Saginaw School System as a substitute teacher and an Adult Basic Education teacher.

Nathaniel began his religious education at an early age at Second Baptist Church, Union Springs, AL.  Upon his arrival to Saginaw, MI in 1953, he joined the Tabernacle Baptist Church where  Rev. G. F. Moore was the pastor.  In 1959, under the pastorate of the late Rev. R. B. Austin, Nathaniel answered his call into ministry.  While working at General Motors, he attended Toledo Bible College; United Bible Theological Seminary, Flint, MI; Trinity Theological Seminary, Newberg, IN, Billy Graham School of  Evangelism; Flint Bible Institute; Saginaw Valley University; studied and became proficient in Koine Greek at Trinity Theological Seminary and Owosso Bible College, Owosso, MI. He earned a Bachelor of Theology from American Baptist College, Nashville, TN; a ThM from Tennessee Religious School; a D.Min from Urban Bible College, Detroit, MI.  In 1975, he brought the American Bible College Extension Unit to Saginaw.  He was Dean of and teacher in that school for 31 years.  He also brought the Urban Bible Extension to Saginaw.  He taught in that Unit for five years.  He is currently Dean of the Saginaw Valley District Congress of Christian Education.