Rev. D. Gregory Ceres succeeds founding pastor Rev. William E. Daye, who called Ceres to the church as an assistant pastor in 2014. Ceres is a Durham native, graduate of Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Duke Divinity School and Eastern University Palmer Theological Seminary. He was installed as pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
The Reverend Dr. D. Gregory Ceres, a proud native of Durham, North Carolina the son of the late Mr. George and Mrs. Ellar Ceres Sr., has proudly served as the Assistant Pastor at Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina under the leadership of his mentor in the ministry and Peace’s founding pastor, the Rev. W. E. Daye.
After attending Durham Public Schools for his primary and secondary education, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Upon receiving the call to the ministry, he adhered to his Pastor’s advice and enrolled in graduate school at Duke University where he would earn a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Ceres’ passion for preaching and quest for knowledge continued. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary, in St. David’s, Pennsylvania, a certificate in multicultural ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission in Princeton, New Jersey, and a certification in Mediation from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although he was unable to attend due to his duties as pastor, he was proud to have been selected to participate in The Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 2014, Dr. Ceres was called by Pastor Daye to serve as Assistant Pastor at Peace. This was a welcomed opportunity for Dr. Ceres to relocate back to his beloved Durham where he would continue to support and promote the ministry at Peace.
Dr. Ceres has always had a passion for social justice and and the desire to live by God’s blueprint to empower, encourage and uplift those who are less fortunate. He has a great appeal to young people and is able to encourage spiritual growth through his preaching, teaching, and moral support. Active as an educator and community advocate, Dr. Ceres is an Adjunct Professor at Apex School of Theology and he currently serves as a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and New Hope Association. Prior to moving back to Durham, he was also active in the Camden, New Jersey community as an Advisory Board member for the United Methodist Global Ministries Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence, vice president and interim president for the Concerned Black Clergy for Camden, New Jersey and as a board member of the Camden Urban Ministry Initiative for Youth.
Dr. Ceres is a proud husband and father, but above all else, Dr. Ceres is a man of faith, an anointed preacher, and a servant leader of God.