Hodges-91(2)-1-1 (1)Dr. Karl L. Hodges, Sr. is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Howard and Mary Hodges. Born into a large family of pastors, preachers, ministry leaders, educators, musicians and Kingdom servants, Pastor Hodges seemed destined to serve. He gave his life to Christ at 9 years old.

Pastor Hodges is a highly decorated and proud 20 year veteran of the United States Navy. He accepted his call to ministry while on active duty. He served as a praise and worship leader, teacher, workshop facilitator and associate minister. In addition, Pastor Hodges served in pastoral leadership as Pastor of Operations at the First Baptist Church of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Florida for 6 years. He has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville, Florida since 2011. He studied workforce education, development and training at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and received a Bachelor’s in business management from the University of Phoenix.  He is currently pursuing a master’s in ministry. He has been certified by the Florida Baptist Association as a Level 1 Christian Educator.

A passionate and effective communicator of God’s word, Pastor Hodges is known for his expository and real life teaching and preaching style which fosters clear understanding of the timeless truths found in the Word of God. He is a sought after conference facilitator and guest speaker who has authored Sunday School books, ministry training manuals and a number of adult and youth devotionals.

Pastor Hodges and his wife, Sheila are the proud parents of Ashlei, Tyler, Rhiley and Karl Jr.