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William Paul Baskette, Sr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Louisville, Kentucky with his family when he was two years old. His date of birth is February 20, 1936. Rev Baskette lives at 4805 East Indian Trail, Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Mary Lucille Bush Baskette; married for forty-nine years (1962). They have two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Baskette graduated from Central high School in 1955 then drafted into the Army. He graduated from Jefferson Community College, graduated from the University of Louisville. Also attended Simmons Bible College. In 2002 he was affiliated with the Black Achievers Program.

Ordained as a Deacon in 1981.  Licensed as a Minister on November 21, 1993 at Community Missionary Baptist Church. Ordained as a minister on October 21, 2001. Currently teaches New Minister’s Class while serving as an Assistant Minister at Community Missionary Baptist Church