Terry Wayne Brooks, affectionately known as “Pastor T”, was born in Little Rock, AR., to Rev. and Mrs. Cato Brooks, Jr., and he is the youngest of six siblings. “Pastor T” was licensed to preach on August 17, 1980, and ordained on June 17, 1990. Concurrently, his dexterity on the football field earned him a full football scholarship to Texas Southern University after graduating from Gary Roosevelt High School. In 1994, he was called to pastor Mt. Gerizim Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. In 1998, he voluntarily gave up his pastorate to assist his father to develop and restructure the ministries of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, Inc., serving as Senior Executive Pastor. He has also served as Senior Pastor of the New Horizon Baptist Church of Lemon Grove, CA. In 2008, he graduated from Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, WA, with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, after attending Baptist Bible College in Indianapolis, IN, for two years. He received his Masters of Theological Studies with a New Testament concentration in October 2013.
God has favored him with three mentors that keep him Humbled, Hungry, and Honored to be a Servant of God. Dr. Cato Brooks Jr. is not only his Father in the Ministry but also his Ministry Model as a teacher; Dr. Donald L. Parson of the Logos Baptist Assembly in Chicago, IL., is not only his God-Father, but also his Ministry Model as a Preacher; and the late Dr. Timothy J. Winters was not only a third father-figure, but also his Ministry Model as a Pastor as he continued to mentor him to cultivate his Shepherd’s Heart so that he may lead the people of God, in a way that pleases Him. On July 1, 2013, Pastor “T” became the third Senior Pastor of Bayview Baptist Church of San Diego, CA., where he previously served as Minister of Christian Education and Executive Pastor.