Reverend Dr. Robert W. Perry is a native of New York City. He grew and developed in Portsmouth, Virginia where he received his public school education. He is a graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity Degree from the School of Theology. Dr. Perry highly values education and also attended law school at American University in Washington, DC and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also matriculated in the Master of Science Degree program at the University of Bridgeport. Two honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. Perry from Virginia Seminary and College and Virginia Union University.
Dr. Perry brought diverse experiences into his ministry, becoming the first African American to become a tariff agent for United Airlines in New York City. He was a social worker for the City of New York, an instructor at Norfolk State University Evening College, a Head Start Visiting Teacher in Portsmouth, Virginia and Director of OIC, Southeastern Tidewater, Virginia. He is also a Veteran of the Korean War where he received three bronze stars and attained the rank of Sergeant.
Dr. Perry has traveled extensively and preached abroad in many places. One of his most challenging trips was to Communist Russia (USSR) in 1983. This trip was with a team of eight Baptist preachers and their wives. He preached at the famous Baptist church in St. Petersburg.
His travels have taken him to South Africa, where he preached many times, Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, countless Caribbean Islands, Poland, Amsterdam, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Gambia.With a drive for foreign missions, he led Union to establish a Union Baptist Church in Whittlesea, South Africa. In 1994 he, his wife and daughter Crystal traveled to South Africa to dedicate the Union Baptist Church in South Africa.
Dr. Perry has served as Past President of several organizations including the Hampton Ministers’ Conference and Musicians’ Guild, Stamford Council of Churches and Synagogues and the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention. He presently serves as the Convener of the Interdenominational Ministers and Pastors Alliance Coalition (IMPAC).
Dr. Perry is a member of the Judah Baptist Association of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., USA.
For the past 44 years, Dr. Perry has served as the Pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Stamford, Connecticut. With vision and perseverance, he led the effort to build a new $5.3 million worship center with the church serving as its own contractor.
Dr. Perry places great emphasis on community engagement. In his hometown of Stamford, he was the first African American to serve on the Board of Ethics. He also served as a Fire Commissioner, a Police Chaplain, and a Police Commissioner for two terms. He served on the advisory board for Fleet/Boston Bank Corporation. In 1988, he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Human Rights under Governor William A. O’Neill of Connecticut. He was been the recipient of numerous awards including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award and the Community Heroes Award. Dr. Perry was recognized as one of the most influential 100 Blacks in Connecticut for 2013 by the Connecticut State Conference of the N.A.A.C.P. He is a life member of the N.A.A.C.P. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated Fraternity.
Dr. Perry is married to the former Odessa Brown. They have three children, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-granddaughters.