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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!🥰
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.
Lisa Lew-Moss Lisa Lew-Moss from Rialto wrote on March 28, 2021 at 3:43 pm:
Bishop George D. McKinney was a great supportive man of God. J1Socal Usher Board is so grateful to this man of God. Thank you family for sharing him with us all. Bishop will be missed. Our prayers are with you.
Patricia I. Smith Patricia I. Smith from Long Beach Ca wrote on March 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm:
Another Soldier Gone Home. Bishop McKinney was a wonderful man of God. He will be greatly missed. Praying for his family and church family 🙏
Mother A. Jean Smith Mother A. Jean Smith from Chevy Chase, MD 20815 wrote on March 28, 2021 at 7:16 am:
Bishop George Dallas McKenney was a GREAT leader in the Church of God In Christ. Sending my Prayer for Peace And Comfort. With much Love.
Evangelist Constance J. Menzies Evangelist Constance J. Menzies from Los Angeles wrote on March 28, 2021 at 3:37 am:
Bishop George Dallas McKinney, a man of strength, character, integrity, and love- a man to be celebrated and remembered. Honoring the legacy of a father, a husband, and a shepherd of the flock of God. May we all experience the peace of God which exceeds anything we can understand will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7. Knowing that the God of peace himself has sanctified Bishop McKinney completely, and his whole spirit, soul, and body is preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord and Jesus Christ. I Thess. 5:23. Bishop McKinney was precious in the sight of the Lord (YHWH). Meaning, he was loved, a man of great value, and highly esteemed during his earthly journey, and passed from death unto life, 1 John 3:14. And believers in Christ Jesus have to love one another just as he did, knowing we must pass from death to life. To his wife Lady Barbara McKinney, Esq, and his sons, your Dad will always be remembered. Lady B. J. McKinney may the time you share with Bishop McKinney will be precious memories that linger. In Sincere Sympathy, Evangelist, Constance J. Menzies
Elder Charles & Dr. Patricia Williams Elder Charles & Dr. Patricia Williams from San Diego wrote on March 27, 2021 at 10:33 pm:
We send our love, prayers and condolences to the family, St. Stephens Cathedral, and COGIC community in the loss of Bishop George McKinney. From: Blood Bought Believers Restoration Ministries, Inc. Grace & Peace to you all! Elder Charles & Dr. Patricia Williams
Elder Charles & Dr. Patricia Williams Elder Charles & Dr. Patricia Williams from San Diego wrote on March 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm:
Love, Prayers & Condolences to the family and to the St. Stephens COGIC family of your loss of Bishop McKinney. Praying for your strength and much comfort. Grace & Peace, From: Blood Bought Believers Restoration Ministries, Inc. Elder Charles L. & Dr. Patricia L. Williams Pastor & Co-Pastor
Elder & Mrs. Ronald Morris Elder & Mrs. Ronald Morris from Houston, TX wrote on March 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm:
We send condolences and prayers for peace, comfort and strength.
Brenda sanders Brenda sanders from Chula Vista wrote on March 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm:
Job well done Bishop McKinney you have received your crown in glory. We will forever love you and cherish all our memories. Until we meet again❤️
Evangelist Kathryn Logan-Newborn Evangelist Kathryn Logan-Newborn from Redmond,Washington wrote on March 27, 2021 at 4:33 pm:
Bishop I will miss our weekly telephone conversations and all the wisdom you shared with me. It is my endeavor to take your knowledge to heart and strive to be a better person, a better Christian, and a better soul winner. In all my heart I believe “Saints don’t die they sleep away”. Sleep on Bishop I will see you in that “Great getting morning”. We will see to it that Lady Bj is fine. Your legacy will always remain with us. Love you always Bishop. Rest Gods soldier for you have done your job well💔❤️❤️❤️
Mark Angelo Ware Mark Angelo Ware wrote on March 25, 2021 at 4:47 am:
"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:21 Well done Bishop!❤
Mark Angelo Ware Mark Angelo Ware wrote on March 25, 2021 at 4:32 am:
Well Done Bishop!

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