Testimonials

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney, pastor emeritus of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, having served that congregation for forty years, retired from that pastorate April, 1998. During that time, he was an excellent model of community service and service to God, within his family, in his church, and in the community at large. His pastorate covers four broad categories: Building the Kingdom, Serving the Membership and Community, Supporting Youth, Building and Planning for the Future, Encouraging Economic Development.

Some specifics in his career: he enlarged the membership of Mount Zion from 800 to 2800; served as chairperson of a multiplicity of religious organizations; broadcast the worship service, beginning in 1971, and continues to broadcast the weekly Sunday School lesson on KRIZ Radio; co-authored Church Administration in the Black Perspective, now in its 11th printing; mentored over 40 sons and daughters of Mount Zion in the ministry; teaches church administration in theological seminaries throughout the nation. He is the founder and was, for twenty years, chairperson of the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center; chaired the Washington State Rainbow Coalition and led twenty-seven delegates to the 1988 Democratic Convention; served twelve years under four governors on the Washington State Commission for Vocational Education a host of activities too numerous to list.

Currently, Dr. McKinney heads S.L.L.R., Inc., a consultancy, teaches at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, mentoring doctoral students in the ministry, preaches throughout the nation, continues his community outreach activities and starred in 1998 in Black Nativity at the Intiman Theatre. He will recapture that role in the theatre's 1999 production.

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