Anthony Payton, is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has served as  Senior Pastor/Teacher of Come As You Are Community Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for twenty years. 

Anthony accepted his call to the ministry in 1986. He preached his first sermon on April 14, 1986 at True Love Missionary Baptist Church, in Fort Wayne, under the pastorate of the late Bishop Jesse White.

Led by the Holy Spirit in 1995, Pastor Payton

accepted the responsibility of stewarding

12 people of  the former Greater Come As

You Are Missionary Baptist Church. Today,

with a membership of over 600 people, The

churches home is a 28,000 square foot state

of the art sanctuary. Among other

accomplishments are:

  • Founder of Anthony Payton Signature Shoes

  • Author of “Leadership Reflections”

  • Named Pastor of The Year by The                                             Martin  Luther King Jr. Club of Fort Wayne IN

  • The first African American President of the Indiana Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference.

  • Developer of Multiply Commercial Real Estate Developments

 Pastor Payton travels the world sharing The good news of Christ and has helped plant churches in Brazil and the United States. He speaks very candidly of a life of addiction and of his deliverance. What Satan once meant to use for evil, God has now converted and uses for the good of His kingdom building here on earth.

 Pastor Payton married on June 28, 1986 to wife Sandra Kay. They are the parents of Zachary and  Lydia and the grandparents of two wonderful girls. He resides with his family in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

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Anthony payton, pastor/teacher