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Brother Robert & Sister Karen Lascaris Brother Robert & Sister Karen Lascaris from Los Angeles wrote on April 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm
To Lady Barbara McKinney and family, we are so grieved by the loss of Bishop George Dallas McKinney, and our hearts and prayers are with you. As members of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, we were blessed to have been in the powerful presence of Bishop McKinney, first meeting him years ago at Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles Edward Blake, Sr.'s Legacy Conference. His strong but quiet demeanor and kind words have stayed with to this day. We are honored to have met him, and again, we are sorry for the loss of this great man of God.
Caryn Bias Pierce Caryn Bias Pierce from Cleveland, OH wrote on April 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm
To the Family and Loved Ones of Bishop McKinney: I was heartbroken to hear of his passing. I've spent the days since praying for all of you and remembering my years at St. Stephen's. Including fond memories of our beloved Pastor McKinney. I was a member of St. Stephen's from 1977 to 1982. I accepted Christ under Bishop McKinney's teaching and like so many others, then came milestones such as: baptism, marriage, baby dedication, etc. After moving back to Cleveland in 1982, I made a point to visit Bishop McKinney and St. Stephen's during my return trips to San Diego. His ministry provided the foundation of my Christian faith. I will always be grateful to God for our beloved Bishop McKinney. He was graceful in humility, delivering the Word of God so all could understand it, a loving shepherd to the people with absolute integrity. "Well done thou good and faithful servant..." As you celebrate his life, do also cherish all the sweet memories. May God comfort you as only He can and the Holy Spirit bring you peace. Caryn Bias Easter Pierce
Pastor Earl &Catherine Shannon Pastor Earl &Catherine Shannon from Olive Branch MS wrote on March 31, 2021 at 9:04 pm
🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿❤️❤️ Praying for family
Evang. Lorraine Lowery-Johnson Evang. Lorraine Lowery-Johnson from Arlington, TX wrote on March 31, 2021 at 8:34 pm
To Lady Barbara McKinney and the entire family. I pray that God in his intimate wisdom will continue to strengthen and comfort you all as you go through this difficult time of loss. Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes........
Rev. Marlon Millner, M.Div., MA, ABD Rev. Marlon Millner, M.Div., MA, ABD from Evanston, IL wrote on March 30, 2021 at 5:36 pm
To the family of Bishop George Dallas McKinney, Lady Barbara, his five sons, their families and the entire extended family, St. Stephens Cathedral, SoCal 2nd Jurisdiction, the Church of God in Christ, and all who cared about him, I offer my deep condolences for our lost, but heaven's gain, the the death unto life of our precious bishop. I got to know Bishop McKinney nearly 20 years ago as a theological student at Harvard. I later invited him to speak at Harvard University during a conference on Black Pentecostalism in 2005. He was learned, trained, erudite, evangelical, ecumenical and committed to social justice. He was a COGIC churchman, and a Christian leader who I deeply respected, and whom I continue to hold in regard and esteem. May he rest in peace and rise in power. And may his legacy be many spiritual daughters and sons who will not only be like him ... but beyond him. God bless.
Roosevelt and Mary Toles Brice Roosevelt and Mary Toles Brice from Muskogee, OK wrote on March 30, 2021 at 12:02 pm
We send our heartfelt prayers to Lady Barbara and the sons of Bishop George Dallas McKinney. Bishop McKinney was family from the time he and Pastor Roosevelt Brice were boys then as men and ordained by the late Bishop J.A. Blake Sr. Bishop McKinney was the Honored Guest Speaker at the ceremony of Pastor Brice's Honorary Doctorate Degree in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We love and honor Bishop McKinney for a man of achievement and scholar of many; but always lived a holy life with integrity.
Pastor John Scott Christ Faith Mission Pastor John Scott Christ Faith Mission from Los Angeles ca 90044j wrote on March 30, 2021 at 10:40 am
Bishop George D McKinney a Godly Icon and a spiritual blessing and a mentor in my life. Thanks b to God for Sharing him with us for a short time. But he still live in our hearts and in Our minds forever. John Scott pastor Christ Faith Mission Cogic.
Evangelist Mattie R. Eskridge Evangelist Mattie R. Eskridge from Gardena, California wrote on March 30, 2021 at 10:00 am
Our sincere condolences to Lady Barbara McKinney and the entire family. May the peace of God be with you now and always. Bishop McKinney was a true servant of the Lord and he will be greatly missed! Love and Prayers!
The Latimer Family The Latimer Family from San Diego wrote on March 30, 2021 at 9:43 am
On the behalf of the Latimer Family, we would like to send our condolences to the McKinney Family, we would like to send thank you for sharing your father with us and the world. TrustingGod to hold you very close in your loss. With thoughts of love gently remind the McKinney Family that in this time of sorrow, that the McKinney Family are deeply cared for, comfort, and pray for. God knows the depth of your love and only He can bring the comfort your heart needs. The Latimer Family is praying He’ll be your strength and give you peace as you go through this.
Donna Horne Donna Horne from Hemet wrote on March 30, 2021 at 8:13 am
May the love of God give you peace, may the caring of friends give you comfort... May the memories of the one you've/we lost remain in your/our heart and give you strength through the days ahead.🙏✌️😇 I am so glad to have met Bishop McKinney, and I will always cherish his Love, Wisdom, Excellent Teaching and Preaching, Kindness, Friendship, my baptism he performed on me, and most of all his wonderful Sense of Humor!🥰

     Bishop George Dallas McKinney was born August 9, 1932 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Bishop McKinney is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Arkansas and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arkansas State College where he received a B.A. degree. He studied social work at the University of Michigan, graduate School of Social Work. He received his M.A. Degree from Oberlin College, School of Theology in Ohio and a Ph. D. from California Graduate School of College in Glendale, California, and received an honorary D.D. from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.Bishop McKinney is the founder and pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ (COGIC) which he founded in 1962.Since 1985, Bishop McKinney has served as Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. In November 2001, he was elevated to the General Board (the presidium) of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

     A former probation officer is a renowned licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, and authored Christian Marriage which provide an overview of marriage as a covenant relationship between man, woman and God and basic information regarding Biblical principles that will strengthen the marriage bond.Bishop McKinney is internationally known for his dynamic preaching and teaching ministry, which places him in constant demand as a conference convention speaker.      Bishop McKinney is the author of eight books and has contributed to many more. He served as the senior editor for the African American Devotional Bible, published by Zondervan in April 1997.His literary contributions include The riveting New Slave Masters published by Cook Communications in 2005 and the best selling-book entitled Cross the Line:Reclaiming the Inner City for God, which he co-authored with William Kritlow in 1998. In this book, Bishop McKinney compares the inner city with Ninevah and challenges the modern day Jonahs to turn their time and talents toward the troubles inner city. With three decades of ministry in San Diego, McKinney presents church leaders and lay people with illustrations of how God is blessing the inner city and shows you how to safely and effectively cross racial lines and social lines to minister and learn from real people in the city.      He has received numerous honors in the field of religion and community service. In 1995, the San Diego Rotary Club named Bishop McKinney, “Mr. San Diego.” On March 7, 2001 the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), presented Bishop McKinney with a Racial Reconciliation Man of the Year Award and in 2007 The Shelter Island Rotary presented him with The Peace Maker Award in recognition of all the work he has done for many years in the area of racial unity. Bishop McKinney is the proud parent of 5 sons, by Jean, his late first wife of more than 45 years, the grandparent of 15, and was married, in august 2008, to Attorney Barbara (BJ) Warren. Sister Barbara McKinney has been warmly received by the congregation of St. Stephens and is now actively involved in the life of the local Church and the Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ with her husband.

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Bishop George Dallas McKinney, Ph.D. D.D.


» 1932 Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas 9 of 14 children
» 1947 Answered the call to preach at age 15
» 1954 Graduated from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Sociology,
» 1962 St. Stephen’s Congregation organized
» 1964 Group Home for Delinquent Boys Established
» 1984 $1.2 Million St. Stephen’s Christian School Completed
» 1985 Dr. George D. McKinney Appointed Bishop of So. Cal. 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
» 1995 Named “Mr. San Diego” by the San Diego Rotary Club
» 1987 HUD award for Senior Citizen Housing Complex
» 1988 Homeless Shelter for Women and Children
» 2000 Elevated to General Board of Church of God in Christ
» 2001 Named “Race and Reconciliation Man of the Year” by the National Association of Evangelicals
» 2004 Re-elected to General Board
» 2005 Opening of Jean C. McKinney Manor Senior Housing Complex, recipient of the Sage award for 2005
» 2005 Recipient of Sustaining Voice of Justice Award from Interdenominational Coalition for Workers Justice
» 2007 Recipient of the Peace Maker Award presented by the San Diego Rotary
» 2008 Re-elected to the General Board a second time
» 2008 Co-authored COGIC What It Has Meant to Me
» 2009 Recipient of the Family Protection Award from the National Coalition