Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael David Bailey is the Co-Pastor of The First Cathedral and shares leadership with his father, Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr., Senior Pastor, and his mother, Reverend Reathie J. Bailey, Senior Advisor to the Archbishop. He is the youngest of his 2 siblings. He is a creative leader and a critical and strategic thinker. He also is a prolific preacher and a cultural trendsetter for this generation.  


Doctor Bailey has sensed the call of ministry in his life since his youth.  He began in ministry as a teenager. He accepted his calling to the Ministry and preached his initial sermon at the age of 17. Then he was ordained at the age of 19 after successful completing an ordination hearing and council. At the age of 25, he became the Youth Pastor and Youth Director and served that ministry faithfully for over 5 years before becoming the Co-Pastor. As he served being the Youth Pastor and Youth Director, the ministry grew tremendously through his effectiveness at reaching the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And at the age of 31, he was installed as Co-Pastor of The First Cathedral and charged to carry the mantle of his father and his predecessors.


Pastor Bailey not only has a high regard for the ministry but also a commitment to education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. After graduation with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, they acknowledged that he is the youngest African American  and the third youngest ever to complete the program.


Pastor Bailey is also a philanthropist. He believes in contributing to the external community and the city at large he serves. For his philanthropic work, he has received city citations and proclamations being recognized in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Also, he has received many awards including Manchester Community College's Black History Community Award and 100 Men of Color recognizing the contribution of men of color in business, education, entrepreneurship, government, service and the impact they have made in the lives of people throughout the State of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts communities. He serves globally as an Advisory Council Member for the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He also serves locally as a Chaplain in the Hartford Police Department, an executive board member of the Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and as an active executive committee member of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. 


He is a chosen, gifted and talented communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But he takes pride in his marriage and family. He is the proud husband to Lady Sonya Bailey and the proud father of their daughter, Ava Joy Bailey.