What did rural Mississippi have to offer a young black man in the 60s? He could stay in the system and live in poverty, he could join the civil rights movement and protest, or he could leave. “Someday I’m leaving Mississippi and I ain’t never comin’ back,” was Dolphus’ dream (I Ain’t Comin Back is about his life story).
When Dolphus left Mississippi in 1967, he became one of the first black students ever to attend and graduate from the all-white Los Angeles Baptist College with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology in 1969. In 1971, he received a Masters of Religious Education Degree (M.R.E.) from Los Angeles Baptist Seminary. Later on Dolphus received a Masters in Educational Administration (M. Ed) from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978. He returned to Mississippi to work with Voice of Calvary/Mendenhall Ministries, a multi-faceted Christian Community Development ministry, where he served from 1971 through 1997. 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.
For over thirty years, Dolphus has spoken on college campuses, in Churches, Seminaries, and Conferences around the country. In 2003, Dolphus was the invited minister to preach during Mississippi Day Services at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. “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 Mississippi and around the country.” Currently Dolphus serves 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). Dolphus is the former executive director/president of Mission Mississippi, a racial reconciliation ministry that encourages unity within the Body of Christ.
Dolphus has received four honorary Doctoral Degrees including ones from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS and Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA. In 2006, he received the distinguished Meritorious Leadership Award from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS. Dolphus is sought after to speak with the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
Recently, Dolphus was selected and featured in Image Publishing Inc.’s – Proud to Call Mississippi Home, the National Publication of Who’s Who in Black Mississippi (2010 and 2012) and inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Weary also has been one of the contributing authors for Daily Guideposts for more than 15 years. His second book, Crossing the Tracks, Hope for the Hopeless and Help for the Poor in Rural Mississippi and Your Community was released in June 2012.
Dolphus additionally serves as a member of several national and local board of directors, advisory boards and committee. A few include – Belhaven University, Catholic Charities, Christian Community Development Association Advisory Board(CCDA), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), Keep Mississippi Beautiful (KMB), and the ECFA’s Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (CAPRO).
Dolphus and his wife Rosie are the parents of three children and they have the privilege of imparting wisdom and knowledge into one grandson.