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| Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

William H. Curtis

Residence : McCandless

Age : 39

Family : Wife, Christine; daughter, Houston, 9.

Occupation : Senior pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, East Liberty.

Education : Bachelor's degree in religious studies and philosophy from Morgan State University, Baltimore; master's of divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C., and doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Background : Curtis has been senior pastor at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church since 1997, growing the church's membership from 400 to more than 7,100. He serves on the board of the Urban League of Pittsburgh and is a member of the African American Leadership Committee. He has served on a national think-tank with President Clinton.

Noteworthy : Curtis was recently elected president of the Hampton University Minister's Conference, which focuses on the tradition of worship in the African-American church.

Quote : "I have been going to the Hampton conference since I was 16. This is a great honor. I look forward to helping shape the theological discussion among clergy for the next four years."

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