Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and
solemn remembrance that I rise today to pay tribute to a distinguished
civil rights leader, an inspirational spiritual leader, and true man of God, Reverend Doctor Cameron Madison
Alexander, the beloved Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church North in
Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly, Reverend Alexander transitioned from labor to
reward on Sunday, December 30, 2018. He leaves in his wake many heavy
hearts among his church family, community, and across the world. His
funeral service was held on January 7, 2019, at 11 am at Antioch
Baptist Church North located at 540 Cameron M. Alexander Blvd NW,
Atlanta, GA, 30318. What a celebration of life it was.
Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander was born to the union of Reverend
Homer M. and Augusta (Hutchins) Alexander on February 12, 1932. A
product of the Atlanta Public School System, he graduated from Booker
T. Washington High School in 1948, where he played football, ran track,
and played saxophone in the band. After high school, he attended
Florida A&M University, was in the Marching 100 band, and served his
country in the United States Air Force. He then attended Morehouse
College under President Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, earning a Bachelor of
Arts degree, received his Master of Divinity degree from the Morehouse
School of Religion, served there as the President and Treasurer as well
as Trustee of the Morehouse School of Medicine. In recognition of his
numerous contributions to society, he was awarded Honorary Doctor of
Divinity degrees from the United Theological Seminary (1978), the
Interdenominational Theological Center (1991), and Carver Bible College
His pastoral ministry began at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in
Cartersville, Georgia. From there he was called to the Flagg Chapel
Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Georgia, then in 1958 to New Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church in Macon where he became an activist leader
against injustice, resulting in desegregation of the city buses, lunch
counters, the Bowden Golf Course, and Mercer University. In 1965, Rev.
Alexander was called to St. John Baptist Church in Savannah where he
took his ministry beyond the church walls and formed a partnership with
C&S Bank to improve 109 blocks of real estate in Savannah and provide
affordable housing and jobs.
In 1969, while visiting Antioch as a guest, Reverend Alexander
delivered a sermon so powerful that the church voted by write-in the
next day to call him as Pastor. For almost 50 years, he was the driving
force behind Antioch Baptist Church North. Under his leadership, the
church grew from 600 members with an annual budget of less than $40,000
to 14,000 members and a multi-million dollar annual budget. He
established over 75 ministries and outreach programs touching
communities in Atlanta and across the world.
Rev. Alexander's extraordinary servant leadership was prolific. For
29 years, he served as President of the General Missionary Baptist
Convention of Georgia which claims a membership of more than 800
churches; Vice President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.;
and Dean for the Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress. He
trained, licensed, and ordained 600 ministers, 150 of whom went on to
pastor other churches. He established the Antioch International
Macedonian Missionaries (AIMM) ministry to touch ``the least of these''
beyond our nation's borders, addressing issues of inadequate safe
drinking water, food, and medical care in Haiti, South Africa, Turkey,
Columbia, and Brazil where AIMM facilitated opening the first
university for black Brazilians known as Afrobras.
The City of Atlanta honored Dr. Alexander by naming a street for him.
He was inducted into Atlanta Business League's Legends Hall of Fame and
the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame at the Martin Luther King
Jr. National Historic Site. He was invited to submit one of his
inaugural sermons to the American Folklife Center at the Library of
Congress which became part of the oral history and spoken word
collections that preserve Americans' accounts of and reactions to
important cultural events.
On a personal note, I met Dr. Alexander 40 years ago through my
Pastor and his good friend, Dr. J.H. Flakes, Jr. of the Fourth Street
Baptist Church of Columbus. His friendship, advice, and counsel were
pivotal in my political career in The Georgia General Assembly and in
Congress. I am better for having known him.
Dr. Alexander accomplished much in his life; yet, none of it would
have been possible but for the Grace of God and the love and support of
his family--including his beloved wife, Barbara; their four children,
Gregory (deceased), Cameron, Kenneth, and Barbara; and his nine
grandchildren, all of whom will miss him deeply.
Madam Speaker, my wife Vivian and I, along with countless others
throughout Georgia and the nation salute Reverend Doctor Cameron
Madison Alexander for his outstanding accomplishments in the ministry
and his service to humankind. I ask my colleagues in the House of
Representatives to join us in extending our deepest sympathies to
Reverend Alexander's family, friends, loved ones, and all who grieve
during this difficult time of bereavement. We pray that they will be
consoled and comforted by an abiding faith and the Holy Spirit in the
days, weeks, and months ahead.
116th Congress