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Reverend Dr. Michel S. E. Caldwell, TBM&E Convention Vice-President At-Large, Passes at 60

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Reverend Dr. Michel S. E. Caldwell, TBM&E Convention Vice-President At-Large, Passes at 60

By Rev. Roger Mills, AM Publisher / 2-23-2022


Rev. Dr. Michel Sean Edgar Caldwell heard his name called from on high, so he left his earthly body and transitioned from labor to reward on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Michel was born March 27, 1961 in Orleans, France. He is the third of six children born to the marital union of the late Jack H Caldwell Sr. and the late Shirley Beverly Scruggs Caldwell

Michel S. E. Caldwell attended Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska and graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1987. He received a Master of Divinity Degree graduating with honors from the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia. He took courses in pursuit of his Doctor of Divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Rev. Caldwell received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the commencement service of New Freedom Bible College in Bellevue, Illinois in 2004.

Dr. Caldwell preached his first trial sermon at age 17 in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Corinthian Baptist Church. He was licensed by Rev. W. McGraw at Greater Olivet Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California in 1980; he was ordained in 1987 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Anchorage, Alaska by Dr. Alonzo B. Patterson, Jr.; In 1989 he became the pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia. He was the former pastor of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Delta Junction, Alaska; Young Life Staff Director; Administrative Assistant and Youth Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Class Coordinator of Billy Graham Crusades; Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Tallatoona Inc., and a member of Georgia General Missionary Baptist Convention.

Dr. Caldwell has served as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Tusculum College—Graduate Studies and Director of Campus Ministries and Adjunct Professor of New and Old Testament Studies at Knoxville College.

He is the former President of the Knoxville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance 2003-2005; member of CAC Community Leadership Class of 2005-2006 and vice president of the Knoxville District Congress of Christian Education.

Dr. Caldwell was recently (November 2021) elected the Vice President of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Education Convention Inc.

Dr. Caldwell was called to Rogers Memorial Baptist Church on August 15, 1994. He has been the pastor there for the past 28 years up until his death.


At 12 pm on February 22, 2022, at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN, Presiding Minister, Reverend Arthur Hannah gave the call to worshippers from Memphis to Knoxville, TN, the time has come for us to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Michel Caldwell.

Rogers Memorial Baptist Church Choir opened the celebration with “You Know My Name”. Rev. Dr. Leroy Franklin, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN read the Old Testament scripture, “Psalm 27:4-6”. The New Testament scripture, “1 Corinthians 15: 50-58” was read by Rev. A. D. Baxter, Associate Minister at Rogers Memorial. The prayer of comfort was prayed by Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, former Tennessee Baptist M&E Convention President.

Before praying, Rev. Middlebrook expressed the sincere sympathy of former TBME Convention Presidents, Revs. Joe Maddox, Dennis Blalock and Edward Robinson to the Caldwell family. Rev. Middlebrook closed his prayer with, “we have not come to mourn, but to celebrate”.

Rogers Memorial Baptist Church Choir continued their music of comfort with “Safe In His Arms”. Followed by a poem “I’m Moved” read by his sister.

Followed by lifetime remarks from: Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Davis of Memphis, TN, President, Tennessee Baptist M&E Convention; Rev. Dr. Terry Ladd of Chattanooga, TN, President of Tennessee Baptist M&E Convention Eastern Region; Rev. Richard S. Brown, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Moderator, Knoxville Baptist M&E Convention; and Rev. Elmore Tolbert of Tullahoma, TN, friend and Vice-President, Tennessee Baptist M&E Convention Middle Region

Tributes were expressed by: Bishop Oliver Williams, son-in-the-ministry; Chairman of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church Deacon Board read a tribute from the deacons and deaconess; and Presiding Minister, Rev. Hannah was asked to read a personal tribute from one of Rev. Caldwell’s classmate, requested by Rev. Caldwell’s son, Michael.

Mrs. Saddie Williams, assistant clerk of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church read resolutions from churches from around the nation including: Cannon Baptist Church of Delaware; Rogers Memorial Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN; Knoxville Baptist M&E Association; Shiloh Baptist Church Anchorage, Alaska; Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cartersville, Georgia; St. John Baptist Church; Galilee Baptist Church; Praise Temple Holiness Church. Knoxville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; and Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, Knoxville, TN.

Rogers Memorial Baptist Church Choir closed their music of comfort with “Two Wings”.

The celebration message was delivered by Rev. Caldwell’s Seminary class mate and friend, Rev. Dr. Kerwin P. Lee, pastor and founder of Berean Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Rev. Lee’s message, “Living Life the Michel Caldwell Way” from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, centering on verses 2, 4, and 8. From these three verses he pointed out three things: Laboring - labor legally, Laughing - laugh daily and Loving - love unconditionally.

Following the message, on the front porch of RMBC, a white dove release ceremony took place and the benediction.

After the white dove release and benediction, the family returned to their cars for the journey to Spartanburg, South Carolina where Rev. Dr. Michel Caldwell was laid to rest on February 23, 2022.

The Caldwell family was served by Patton Funeral Home, Knoxville & Cleveland, Tennessee.


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