ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Dr. Darron D. McKinney
During Black History Month, Bright Hope Baptist Church, located at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, reaches a milestone — its 110th Church Anniversary.
On Sunday, February 9, 2020 during morning worship service beginning at 10:15 AM the Rev. Dr. Darron D. McKinney, senior pastor, will welcome the community-at-large along with special guests and several elected officials to bring awards and brief remarks.
They include: Councilmember and Majority Leader Cherelle L. Parker( D- 9th Dist.); U.S. Congressman Brendon Boyle (D- 2nd Dist.); State Sen. Shariff Street (D-3rd Dist.); Sheriff Rochelle Bilal and State Rep.Malcolm Kenyatta (D-181st Dist.).
The guest speaker will be the prolific Bishop Donte’ Hickman, pastor of Southern Baptist Church, in Baltimore. On October 1, 2002, Hickman became the fourth pastor of the Southern Baptist Church. Under his leadership, Southern Baptist Church has grown to over 4,000 members in three locations and five worship services every Sunday morning.
With a mantra of, “Restoring People As We Rebuild Properties,” Hickman is leading the East Baltimore Revitalization Project with the development of affordable housing, mixed use property development and community health services.
Dr. McKinney will reflect on the powerful influence Bright Hope has had in civic engagement as seen with historic images featured along the church corridors of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy with Bright Hope leadership; Bright Hope welcoming Bishop Desmond Tutu; former Congressman Andrew Jackson and President Nelson Mandela along with many others.
This year, Bright Hope members will also commemorate another historic milestone with the renaming of Philadelphia 30th Street Station in honor of the significant accomplishments of its late senior pastor and former congressman William H. Gray, III.
The year long 110th Church Anniversary celebration begins with a luncheon on Saturday, February 8 at the City Line Hilton Hotel, located at 4200 City Line Ave beginning at noon and featuring world renowned speaker the Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant. Tickets are $75.00 per person.
Dr. Bryant, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, is a visionary, gifted speaker and civil rights activist. For more information about Bright Hope Baptist Church’s 110th Anniversary and Black History celebration, contact the church office at 215-232-6004.