Rev. Willie Bodrick, II, J.D., M. Div. – 14th Senior Pastor (2021-present) is the talented, enthusiastic, and anointed Senior Pastor of the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA. Rev. Bodrick leads with dynamic preaching, insightful teaching, and gospel-driven social engagement in the community and throughout the country. Rev. Bodrick is only the fourteenth senior pastor of our church which celebrates 180 years (1840) as a congregation and 215 years (1805) since the founding of our mother church the African Meeting House.
Prior to being Senior Pastor, Rev. Bodrick served on the ministerial staff for the last eight years as Youth and Young Adult Minister, Young Adult and College Minister, and eventually the Associate Pastor. Previously, for two years, He also served as the Director of the Afterschool Program and Summer Enrichment Program, successfully managing both programs and maintaining student and family engagement. Rev. Bodrick has also served as the Vice President of the SAMH Corporation for the past three years, overseeing the church’s housing ministry, thrift shop, youth ministry, and afterschool and summer enrichment programs.
Pastor Bodrick was vested with the task of leading the congregation through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, which required various operational and fiscal implementations, and a manifold of executive decisions that enabled the church to fully function on various online platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Zoom, Tithe.ly, and PayPal.
With God on our side, they were able to both continue our ministries and services, as well as increase their viewership and engagement to over a thousand weekly viewers from across the country and the world. During this difficult time Pastor Bodrick played an instrumental role in garnering donations and partnerships with corporations which allowed TBC to give upward $250,000 to their community during this pandemic.
Rev. Willie Bodrick, II was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is the eldest son (Brothers: Winston “Skip” Bodrick and Weldon T. Bodrick) of Rev. Willie Bodrick and Anna Bodrick. Pastor Bodrick is a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools and matriculated to Georgetown University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in English and Sociology in 2010. Pastor Bodrick continued his studies and graduated in 2014 with a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. Most recently, Rev. Bodrick graduated in May of 2020 with his Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and is a practicing lawyer at a Boston law firm.
Rev. Bodrick’s work has extended beyond the four walls of the church. He has served on the Transition Team Steering Committee for the Suffolk County District Attorney Racheal Rollins; as the Outreach Coordinator in the Community Engagement Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey; and also as the Senior Advisor for the successful Ed Markey Campaign for the United States Senate in 2020. Rev. Bodrick also has extensive experience doing work in the community, including advocacy on issues of public education, public safety, and economic justice serving as President and Chairperson of the Boston Network for Black Student Achievement (BNBSA), and a member of the Boston Public Schools Opportunity and Achievement Gap Taskforce.
Rev. Bodrick currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Roxbury YMCA, Co-Founder of Sustained In the Shutdown Boston, the Ward 12 Democratic Committee, Boston Bar Association (BBA) Taskforce on Police Accountability, and the MA Attorney General Racial Justice and Equity Council. He has been featured in USA Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Commonwealth Magazine, NPR, The Bay State Banner, and other media outlets.
Rev. Bodrick has also received numerous awards including the 2019 Fletcher “Flash” Wiley Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association Legacy Scholarship Award, the 2019 Citizens for Public Schools Champion for Education Justice Award, 2020 Eta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Citizen of the Year Award, the 2020 First District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Citizen of the Year Award, and named one of The Boston Foundations 20 Leaders of the 2020s.
Pastor Bodrick is a member of the Boston Branch of the NAACP, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Bodrick is happily married to his beautiful wife Dr. Devin Cromartie Bodrick and is the delighted father of their son Willie Bodrick, III. The Bodricks are proud residents of the Roxbury community of Boston.