North Carolina A&T State University will welcome back alumnus Bishop George W. Brooks as the keynote speaker for Fall Convocation at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 in Harrison Auditorium.

Fall Convocation is the first of several events on the Alumni Schedule of Events for the 2012 edition of the Greatest Homecoming on Earth.

Brooks is senior pastor and chief elder of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro Inc. After accepting the call to the ministry in December 1974 and being licensed to preach the gospel in March 1975, Brooks began his service as pastor of Mount Zion.

He is the co-founder of Welfare Reform Liaison Project, a program designed to empower welfare recipients to become self-sufficient. Brooks is also an executive producer of the “Fresh Fruit” television broadcast that airs weekly on Tri-State Christian Television (TCT-61). 

Brooks believes in holistic ministry and serves the community on a local, state and national level as a member of the TCT Board of Directors, Mechanics & Farmers Bank Board of Directors, N.C. A&T College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, Beautiful Butterflies, Inc. (a nonprofit Lupus Foundation) and various advisory boards and boards of directors. 

He has been named among the “Most Influential Persons in the Triad” by The Business Journal each year since 2005 and serves as Bishop of Administration of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from A&T, a master of divinity degree from Shaw University in Raleigh and his doctorate of ministry degree from Friends International Christian University in Merced, California.