Dolphus Weary left Mississippi in 1969, and became one of the first black students ever to graduate from the all-white Los Angeles Baptist College with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology. In 1971, he received a Masters of Religious Education Degree (M.R.E.) from Los Angeles Baptist Seminary and a Masters in Educational Administration (M. Ed) from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1973, Dolphus was ordained to the ministry, and in 1997, he received a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He returned to Mississippi to work with Mendenhall Ministries, a multi-faceted Christian Community Development ministry, where he served from 1971 through 1997.
For over twenty-five years, Dolphus has spoken on college campuses, in churches, seminaries, and conferences around the country. “I believe that God has given me two passions, a passion for racial unity in the Body of Christ and to minister to those who are poor in America and around the world.”
Currently Dolphus serves part time as the President of Rural Education and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Christian Foundation (A foundation connecting Economic and Technical Resources with Rural Christian Ministries) and part time as the major fundraiser for Mission Mississippi (a racial reconciliation ministry that encourages unity within the Body of Christ) Dolphus has received four honorary Doctoral Degrees including one from Belhaven College in Jackson and Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA. In 2004, he received the distinguished Meritorious Leadership Award from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS. Recently, Dolphus was selected and featured in the National Publication of Who’s Who in Black Mississippi and inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dolphus additionally serves as a member of several national and local board of directors, advisory boards and committee.
Dolphus and his wife Rosie are the parents of three children: Danita, a pediatrician who lives in Natchez, MS; Ryan, a Communications Graduate of Belhaven College; and Reggie, who went home to be with the Lord in June of 2004 and one grandson, Reginald Malik Weary.