A lifelong Presbyterian, Arthur King Fullerton was born in 1962 in Little Rock to Sam and Fufa Fullerton and grew up in Warren, Arkansas. Both of his parents and his nephew, Walker Fair, are Presbyterian Ruling Elders; and his sister, The Reverend Dr. Fairfax Fullerton Fair, is a Presbyterian Teaching Elder.
Arthur currently serves as a Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, NY. Within Albany Presbytery, Arthur is past chair of the Board of Trustees and past chair of the ad hoc Budget Committee. He was the first openly gay person to serve as Vice Moderator and Moderator of Albany Presbytery and is currently serving on the Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission. He also served as an Overture Advocate on LGBTQ issues for Albany Presbytery to the GA in Detroit and the GA in Pittsburgh.
Arthur has also served as a member and Ruling Elder in other churches including serving as a Ruling Elder and Trustee of West Hollywood Presbyterian Church in West Hollywood, CA (2003-09); where he also worked with the Lazarus Project. In nine months in South Florida (2003), he worshipped regularly at Second Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale and at Riviera Church in South Miami. Before that Arthur served as Building Chair and Stewardship Chair at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in NYC (1999-2002) and was active in Presbyterian Welcome (now Parity). Before that he served as a Stephen Minister at First United Presbyterian in Fayetteville, AR (1994-1999), and served on the Evangelism and New Member Committee. In his gap year before college, Arthur taught Sunday school to middle school (4th-6th grade) and helped with the youth group for the First Presbyterian Church of Warren. He also served as Head Chapel Usher for several years as a student at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Arthur holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in History and Classics (Latin & Ancient Greek) from Tulane University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP).
He has served on numerous business, nonprofit and professional boards and committees, and has taught at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Henderson State University, and The University of Pennsylvania. Recently he helped create the U Penn Coursera Module in Positive Psychology which has had nearly 50,000 different online learners.
Arthur created the University of Pennsylvania MAPP Fete which has brought over 30% of the total program alumni back to campus each fall for seven straight years. He currently serves as Class Rep on the MAPP alumni Board. From 2012 to 2018 Arthur participated as a volunteer fundraiser for the Harvard University Capital Campaign. In 2019 Arthur again volunteered as Class Rep for his HBS class which raised a $61 million 30th reunion class gift.
In addition to church and alumni efforts, Arthur has served on the Board of the Friends of The New York State Library, and as State Development Director for Covenant House where he led teams that raised over $50 million to get homeless kids off the streets in California and Florida. He also raised more funds through his planned giving efforts for Covenant House.
Professionally Arthur works as a consultant and investor celebrating God’s blessings by tithing (20 years), living debt free (20 years), and living clean and sober one day at a time by the grace of God and the 12 Steps (25 years). In addition, Arthur is active in the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NYC providing venture capital and advice to startups and entrepreneurs. He is proud to represent Albany Presbytery as a Ruling Elder Commissioner to the 224th General Assembly.
“I am standing for Co-Moderator not because I have all the answers, but because I have skills in fundraising, communication, strength spotting, and problem solving which our church needs in this transition.”