Dr. Shadrach Meshach (S.M.) Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000)

Shadrach Meshach Lockridge was born March 7, 1913, in Robertson County, Texas, the oldest of eight children and son of a Baptist minister. A graduate of Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, he worked for two years as a high school English teacher. In 1940 in Dallas, he felt led to preach. In 1941 he married Virgil Mae Thomas but they never had any children.

His Ministry

In 1942, he accepted his first pastorate at Fourth Ward Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas. In August 1952, he was named pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego where he served until retiring in 1993.

During Dr. Lockridge’s tenure at Calvary Baptist, a predominantly African-American congregation, his ministry touched the lives of more than 100,000 people. He preached at crusades, revivals, religious rallies and evangelistic conferences around the world.

He also served in key regional, state and national positions with the Baptist Church, including being elected the first president of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.

He held doctorates and numerous honorary degrees and was often sought as a public speaker, even after he retired in 1993. He served as guest lecturer at numerous schools and universities and on the faculty of several others, including the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.

Dr. Lockridge was active in the civil rights movement, and under his leadership Calvary Baptist hosted several of its leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.


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33 Responses to “Biography”

  1. rene Says:

    I was wondering if anyone knows if I could purchase any of these on dvd format, ( by S.M. Lockridge?) for friends and famiy that aren’t computer users????

    I appreciate any help!

  2. Fernando Sandoval Says:

    thank you for having given me the honor to hear and experience this humble introduction of your KING truly JESUS is indiscribible and all sufficient I to will declare HIM my KING forever and ever and ever and ever and AMEN.

  3. Pat Says:

    I would appreciate just a written copy of that’s my king message from Dr. S. M. Lockridge; including the a seven-way king.

  4. mb Says:

    it’s available through Willowcreek Church in Chicago on DVD

  5. Birdie Bertsos Says:

    I would like to have a copy of “That’s My King” Can you send me one.
    Birdie Bertsos
    865 Summit AVe.
    Lake Forest, Il 60045

  6. Dave Says:

    You should think about finding a reliable source for your biography since there are no sources on the Wikipedia site and it is in process of being deleted.

  7. I would love have a copy of video or message of thats my king please.tis moving masses closer to God. Says:

    God bless

  8. Paul (Amen is really the topic of his 1 hour message - google it) Says:

    The Bible says my King is a seven-way King:He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King.He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King.He’s the King of Righteousness.He’s the King of the Ages.He’s the King of Heaven.He’s the King of Glory.He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords.That’s my King.Well, I wonder do you know Him.David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”My King is a sovereign King – no means of measure can define His limitless love.No farseeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply.No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.He’s enduringly strong.He’s entirely sincere.He’s eternally steadfast.He’s immortally graceful.He’s imperially powerful.He’s impartially merciful.Do you know Him?He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world.He’s God’s Son.He’s the sinner’s Saviour.He’s the centrepiece of civilisation.He stands in the solitude of himself.He’s august and He’s unique.He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented.He is the loftiest idea in literature.He’s the highest personality in philosophy.He is the supreme problem in higher criticism.He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology.He is the core and the necessity for spiritual religion.He’s the miracle of the age, He’s… yes He is.He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.He’s the only one qualified to be an all-sufficient Saviour.I wonder if you know him today?He supplies strength for the weak.He’s available for the tempted and the tried.He sympathises and He saves.He strengthens and sustains.He guards and He guides.He heals the sick.He cleansed the lepers.He forgives sinners.He discharges debtors.He delivers the captive.He defends the feeble.He blesses the young.He serves the unfortunate.He regards the aged.He rewards the diligent.And He beautifies the meek.I wonder if you know Him? Well, my King—He is the key, He’s the key to knowledge.He’s the wellspring of wisdom.He’s the doorway of deliverance.He’s the pathway of peace.He’s the roadway of righteousness.He’s the highway of holiness.He’s the gateway of glory.Do you know Him? Well, His office is manifold.His promise is sure.His life is matchless.His goodness is limitless.His mercy is everlasting.His love never changes.His Word is enough.His grace is sufficient.His reign is righteous andHis yoke is easy and His burden is light.I wish I could describe Him to you.But He’s indes… Wooah, yeaaah! yeaahh,He’s indescribable – yes He is ! He’s God.He’s, He’s indescribable, yes, He’s indescribable.He’s incomprehensible.He’s invincible.He’s irresistible.Well, you can’t get Him out of your mind,You get Him off of your hand,You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him.Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree.Herod couldn’t kill Him.Death couldn’t handle Him andthe grave couldn’t hold Him. Yeah !THAT’S MY KING !THAT’S MY KING ! YEAH !And Thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory forever and everand ever and ever.How long is that ?And ever and ever.And when you get through all the forevers, then Amen !GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY ! AMEN ! AMEN ! Dr. S. M.. Lockridge, from Southern California

  9. Cleo Says:

    That is my king is a real great piece of decription of Jesus. It has touched me to the very last core fibre of my being.
    Dr.Lockridge rest in peace, and may the Lord bless and transform all those who will watch th video

  10. Frankie Russell Says:

    That’s my King..Do you know Him?
    Is hands down the most powerful piece that I have ever heard! God bless!

  11. sherri Says:

    Does this man have a autobiography of his life published? I would bet it would be an amazing life story what a powerful man!

  12. Alistair Says:

    I’ve heard it before, and i’ll hear it agian, and ever time I do, it will remind me of our true King, thank you, and thank you agian…

  13. Robert Vincent Says:

    I heard Dr. Lockridge on many occasions at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN during the late 70s. I know you can order copies of his messages from the school. He was a great man and now with our Great Father in heaven.

  14. Jill Says:

    Thank you Paul, for typing the message out. I was hand writing word for word off the video. I stopped and checked this site and found you had already typed it all out. Thank you Holy Spirit for directing me here..
    This is great for warfare 🙂 and Worshop

  15. Jill Says:

    spessing issues “worship”

  16. Jeff Says:

    A Godly man!!! May we all strive to represent our KING!!!!

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  18. caroldurr Says:

    where can i purchase a dv of thats my king?

  19. nana Says:

    I just feel am hitting the roof of worship thank you GOD BLESS YOU .;;;;;

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  21. Jacob Wintzell Says:

    I have been privileged to learn many things from his teachings. Not directly from him; however, I have learned plenty good from this man. I will gladly ask him many questions in heaven.

  22. lwazi Says:

    Shadrach,meshach.lockridge is my greatest inspiration in poetry.I like the way he describes Jesus and yet agrees that his indescribable.I really get touched and inspired when I listen to his tapes.he inspires me to go to another level of ma poetry.artist like him shall always be remembered

  23. Isaac Mohammed Newton Says:

    I am touch and blessed by this Biography. An d I pray that God will give me the grace to serve in His veinyard for long time and with great focus as His servant Dr Lockridge did. May God help me now

  24. Sharon Morris Says:

    Any books or tapes to buy?

  25. farai robbin hlanya Says:

    That is my king ,this massage made me to slain Dr s.m.lockridge we miss you.

  26. matimba power Says:

    What a gift he was. Wow! I wish for more post on youtube of his teaching. Those who can in the US help. Everything I qoute him when dealing with the mysteries of kingdom worship, Holy has honored us with His Presence. What a life

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  28. Limiteti Tuimana Says:

    That’s my KING “Jesus Christ” my Lord and Savior … forever and ever Amen!

  29. evangelist godfrey magambo Says:

    Great for what you people are doing for the Lord s service..I would like to download more of lokridge sermon would you direct me to the right web. Thanks evangelist godfrey

  30. Magambo Godfrey Says:

    Let the believers and the modern ministers see.what the holy ghost can do.if we did not fanta size the gospel lock ridge has touch many. Souls
    For sharing Christ love. Thank evangelist Godfrey magambo .

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