Lead Pastor – Dexter B. Upshaw Jr.
Dexter Upshaw Jr. is is a next generation community leader, speaker, entrepreneur and media personality. A graduate of Yale University, Dexter’s impact and influence extends into the realms of business, entertainment and ministry.
He is the founder and CEO of Distinction Interactive (distinctioni.com), a firm leading in digital strategy and video production. A highly-touted speaker, Dexter has been featured in TEDxBroadway and will travel this summer to Sochi, Russia to deliver a series of lectures on effective digital strategy for performing arts institutions.
He’s crafted and implemented digital strategy for prominent organizations such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the world famous Apollo Theater, where he currently serves as Digital Media Producer. Through his work in-front and behind the camera, he’s produced videos featuring the likes of Pharrell, Janelle Monae, Les Twins, Gladys Knight, Wayne Brady, Doug E Fresh, Jazmine Sullivan, Jennifer Holliday, NE-YO, Savion Glover, Soledad O’Brien, Deborah Cox, Alexandra Burke, Kid Capri and Marcus Samuelson to name a few.
As rewarding as Dexter’s entrepreneurial career has been, his most important and passionate is ordained Christian ministry in the city Bridgeport, CT. As the Lead Pastor of New Vision International Ministries, Dexter provides spiritual guidance to 1000+ members via weekly gatherings and a livestream internet broadcast.
New Vision’s 83,000 square foot campus is an urban hub for economic development and business incubation, featuring a Jamaican food restaurant, soul food restaurant, television production studio, recording studio, community development corporation, youth-run variety store and several future developments.
New Vision is best known for innovative and compassionate ministry, including community clean-ups, youth programs, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisons, substance abuse recovery and countless other initiatives.
Dexter is happily married to his college sweetheart, Lindsey Upshaw. They reside in Bridgeport, CT with their 4 year old daughter Zoë and 2 year old son Dexter III.