Brief Biography of Pastor Datiri
      Reverend Benjamin C. Datiri, PhD is the pastor of Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church, Waverly,
Alabama.  He is the son of  the late Mr. Chumang D. Datiri and Mrs. Antele Martha Datiri, born in rural part of
Plateau State, Nigeria. Currently, he is also a Research Associate Professor and Assistant Director,
Comparative Medicine Resource Center, Tuskegee University, Alabama.
      Pastor Datiri has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He moved to Tuskegee University,
Alabama to take up a postdoctoral research position in 1990.  Prior to coming to the United States in 1983,
Dr. Datiri is a product of the Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University at Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria where he
completed the BS and MS degrees. Dr. Datiri’s biography has been included in Who’s Who in Science and
Engineering in America; Who’s Who in America; and Who’s Who in the World
      Dr. Datiri’s calling into the Gospel Ministry was early and he has been involved in Ministry since high
school serving as President of the Evangelism group and organizing youth Bible Study and outreach program
in his village during vacations.  At college he served as the President of the Tract Club, an evangelism arm of
the Fellowship of Christian Students at Ahmadu Bello University.  Concurrently, he was a youth Sunday
School Instructor at a local church in Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria.  Upon returning to Samaru-Zaria for his Master’s
program after a one-year compulsory national service, Dr. Datiri became more involved in the local church
serving faithfully as youth Sunday school Instructor, Bible Study leader, layman preacher, Executive Church
Secretary, and an Evangelist with the outreach program to the Muslims.
      In the United States as a graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Datiri served as
President of the African Christian Students both at the local chapter and Regional levels on two separate
occasions.  He also served in the Greeters Ministry at Middleton Baptist Church, Madison, Wisconsin.  Upon
coming to Alabama, Dr. Datiri joined the
Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee and served as
the Associate Minister overseeing the Friendship Evangelism Ministry he initiated under the pastorate of Dr.
C. P. Noble until his calling to become the Pastor of
Mt. Traveler.  Also, Dr. Datiri was the College-aged
Sunday School class Instructor, Bible Study substitute Instructor in the absence of Dr. Noble, and New
Testament Class Instructor at Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee until his calling to
Pastor Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church, Waverly in February 2004. Dr. Datiri also served as a professor
at Selma University in Alabama from 1996 to 1998.
      Dr. Datiri is blessed with a faithful wife, Mrs. Roseline C. Datiri, a graduate of Colorado Technical
University Online and this union has produced five lovely, God-fearing children: three boys (Teyei, Ninrat and
Noro) and two girls (Simi and Yeipyeng).  Simi and Teyei completed their BS programs from Tuskegee
University in Occupational Therapy and Biology, respectively; Ninrat has a Bachelor degree in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI and currently a graduate student in Computer
Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA; Yeipyeng is a Biology/pre-Optometry graduate student at Tuskegee
University; and Noro is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI (children listed
from the oldest to the youngest). There has been an addition of two daughters (Phoebe and Dorothy) to the
Datiri’s family through marriages since 2012: Teyei married Phoebe and Ninrat married Dorothy.
      Dr. Datiri is a visionary leader using ancient wisdom.  He has great love for the
children and is a father
figure role model for the youth.  Dr. Datiri lays strong emphasis on the
youth as the church of today.  Parents
and children will be glad to know Dr. Datiri and have him as their pastor because he is a humble man with a
shepherd’s heart.

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