ABOVE PHOTO: Pastor Darron D. McKinney celebrates first pastoral anniversay with wife Billie Jo, Rev. Todd Yeary, Sr. Pastor of Douglas Memorial Church, Deacon Garfield Jackson, Chair.
Celebrating his first pastoral anniversary as senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, Rev. Darron D. McKinney returned from a week-long visit accompanied by his wife and first lady Billie Jo to Freetown and Moyamba, Sierra Leone.
During his visit and preaching assignment in Sierra Leone, McKinney was introduced to the Bright Hope Baptist Church in Moyamba started 10 years ago to serve the citizens there who faced many socioeconomic challenges.
For the past 10 years, members of Bright Hope in Philadelphia have provided donations, school supplies and spiritual hope to hundreds of families in need at the Moyamba church.
While in Freetown, Sierra Leone, McKinney had the opportunity to be the second African American to preach at Regent Road Baptist Church, one of the first African churches on the continent. McKinney celebrated Regent Road’s 227th anniversary during a farewell service for Pastor Tannie Barbington-Johnson who served 35 years.
Dr. McKinney also participated with Pastor Francis Kamara of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Moyamba in welcoming 45 new members and baptizing 25 individuals in the Yambatui River.
As McKinney moves forward in his second year as Bright Hope Baptist Church’s senior pastor, he is filled with passion and excitement in partnering with grassroots organizations to address the plight and pains of the community.
“In my first year, I listened and learned about the DNA of this blessed church and its commitment to the community,” he said. “In my second year, I am listening and learning to implement our vision to be “The House of Hope” that offers healing, outreach, prayer and evangelism.”
Under McKinney’s leadership, Bright Hope Baptist Church will continue to support the needs of its church in Moyamba, Sierra Leone while growing its ministry here in Philadelphia. On Sunday, June 30th, Dr. McKinney spoke about his journey to Sierra Leone during the morning worship service.