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Chaplain Charles Wilson Chaplain Charles Wilson from Chula Vista wrote on March 30, 2021 at 8:08 am:
It was simply an honor for my wife, Burlenda, daughters, Charla and Bonita to worship as a family at the St. Stephens Cathedral COGIC at the feet of Shepherd/Pastor/Leader in the person of Dr. George Dallas Mckinney. His labor and his works speak of him. Prayers/Condolences to the entire Mckinney family and the Saints of Stephens Cathedral COGIC!
Sharon Benjamin Sharon Benjamin from Menifee wrote on March 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm:
I will always remember how my life changed when I came in contact with(as he called then) Dr George Mckinney (1982). My life has changed dramatically. I had recieved Jesus Christ as my savior in 1976, but I had no idea I needed to grow in Christ. The church was in wasn't giving me that opportunity not until I came to St. Stephens...OH HAPPY DAY. God showed me clearly this is where I needed to be and the rest is history. I became member in 1982 and left in 2004 and now member at Superintendent James E. Mason. I will truly miss my Bishop. He has made salvation of Jesus Christ and community outreach a concern in my heart. As a man on this earth and his character had been my passion to serve others. Jesus is my focus as I get older (70 now, I was 32 when I met Bishop) and I am glad about it. He is what everyone says about him. A man of love and compassion. A man who strive to do the right thing. I thank you Bishop for helping me to study and live faithful according to God word. I love you. I know you well taking care of now because you're in the bosom of Jesus with all your good works. Sis Sharon Benjamin
Lillie L. Trowsdell Lillie L. Trowsdell from San Diego, wrote on March 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm:
I wish to express my gratitude for the many blessings I received from being lead by a Grest man of God. Hearing these word many time “know body is God but God. “And it didn’t matter, where or when he saw me he alway remembered me and acknowledged me, by my last name sister or evangelist Trowsdell. Asking How are you doing? He was a very kind leader. Thank God for his humble legacy. (The fruit of the sporit ) Galatians 5: 22
Cynthia James-Price Cynthia James-Price from San Diego wrote on March 29, 2021 at 6:15 pm:
I thank God for allowing Bishop McKinney to be a part of our lives. His compassion and love for all humanity had a positive impact on our church, the community and the world. Enter now our Pastor into the Blessed Rest in the presence of our Heavenly Father
Evangelist Sharon Rawleighproctor Evangelist Sharon Rawleighproctor from Lancaster wrote on March 29, 2021 at 5:55 pm:
My condolences Praying for the entire McKinney family🙏🏽.
James and Marie Givens James and Marie Givens from Carlsbad wrote on March 29, 2021 at 5:55 pm:
To the entire McKinney family we offer our condolences, prayers and love. Bishop George Dallas McKinney, General Board Member, Pastor of St Stephens Cathedral COGIC. Ministering in the heart of the common peoples community is where he poured out the wealth of his soul. Leaving a legacy that transcended his generation. Bishop McKinney was sought out to represent the church when the National leadership of our country needed to hear a word of wisdom from the Lord. A great man of our day, we celebrate him today, and may his memories live on through the testimonies of how he touched the lives of Gods people until the end. Bishop didn't rust out He wore out. Blessings
Donald and Curley Palmer Donald and Curley Palmer from Lake Elsinore wrote on March 29, 2021 at 12:17 pm:
To the McKinney family, our prayers and condolences are with you. Bishop McKinney will forever be in our hearts. We will remember him for his unwavering courage, steadfast humility, dedication to community, and anointing to preach the gospel in such a profound way. We are so thankful to God that he allowed such a loving, faithful, diligent man of God to be a part of our lives. Praying God's supernatural comfort and strength for you all during this time.
Elder Felecia Brown Elder Felecia Brown from Temecula wrote on March 29, 2021 at 9:04 am:
My condolences to the McKinney family with a heart of gratefulness, peace be with you. Thank you for sharing your husband, father, grandfather, and beloved with the world. Because of Bishop McKinney I fell in love with the word of God which he preached and taught faithfully that encouraged me to continue on.
BEN CAMPBELL, JR BEN CAMPBELL, JR from ATLANTA, GA wrote on March 29, 2021 at 8:27 am:
Bishop McKinney was a true man of GOD with Integrity and love people. You will be missed!!! To the Mckinney family, love you and praying for you.
Rochelle Davis Rochelle Davis from Denver wrote on March 28, 2021 at 8:21 pm:
My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, St. Stevens Church of God in Christ, the community and to all who knew him. Bishop Mc Kinney we be missed dearly. He has introduced many of us to God and his teachings and instruction will live on and continue to replicate. Thank you Bishop for a job well done.

Bishop George Dallas McKinney, Ph.D.

Jurisdictional Prelate & General Board Member

Church of God in Christ, Inc.

     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