Rashad Cartwright is a social activist, public theologian, entrepreneur, writer and international speaker. He is the founder and pastor of Experience Life Church. In April 2016, he was called to pastor Little Piney Grove Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Rashad was educated through the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University with a major in English and received his Master of Divinity from the the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
On MLK Day Monday, January 20, 2014, Rashad organized through menSTAND according to WVEC Channel 13 news, the largest Christian gathering of men throughout Hampton Roads at Newport News City Hall. They gathered to pray for their communities, families, schools and themselves.
In November, 2014, Rashad was invited by the NAACP (Ferguson, MO. & St. Louis, MO. branch) to serve as the keynote speaker for their annual convention which partnered to help raise funds for the family of Michael Brown. (an 18-year-old African-American man, who was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer.) While in Ferguson, Rashad led several community development iniatitives to help bring unity and direction to the city of Ferguson, MO.
Rashad is President of Cartwright Consulting Group, LLC., a creative design firm based in Hampton Roads, Virginia who specialise in consulting and designing engaging brands, identities, graphic design and website design.
He has been mentioned by Newport News City Vice-Mayor, Tina Vick, in the Daily Press as “one of our cities new young leaders”.
Rashad’s contributions have been highlighted in Ebony, USA Today, and The Source. His company, I.C.Web Designs and AmericaPreachers.com has appeared on CNN.com, BET.com, Essence.com, GlobalGrind.com, and his nation-wide internet-based talk show have interviewed leaders such as Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, and Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Rashad is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and has one son, Rashad D.L. Cartwright II.