Henry L. Perkins, Pastor
Henry L. Perkins was called to pastor the First Baptist Church family in August
of 1991. Since that time he has established himself as a remarkable influential
servant leader. Pastor Perkins’ modus operandi includes strong biblical
teaching, victorious Christian living, and a holistic approach to improving the
lives of people.
Pastor Perkins is a prolific academian. He earned his Associate of Arts Degree
in Business Administration from the College of Alameda, a Bachelors of Arts
Degree in Theology from Golden Gate School of Theology, and a Master of Divinity
Degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West. His hunger and desire to be
enriched intellectually and spiritually has led him to study at San Francisco
Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California where he is currently a
candidate for a doctorate of ministry degree. In August of 2011, Pastor Perkins
was selected to attend the Proclaimers Place at Oxford University in England
studying the Proclamation of the Christian Gospel. During his time in England,
he preached the morning worship service at the Whitchurch Baptist Church in
Hampshire. This sermon was published as part of a collection of sermons
articulating the distinctive voice and experience of the individual preachers
who shared in common a time of studying biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and
homiletics at Regents Park College, Oxford University.
His professional expertise includes Adjunct Professor at American Baptist
Seminary of the West, Consultant for Church & Community Development, Consultant
for On Track Resource, Inc. (support for community-based organizations,
neighborhood groups and public agencies that provide services to improve the
health and well being of communities with economic and social disadvantages).
His professional experience also includes budget development and maintenance,
real estate sales and listings, first time home buyers workshops, mortgage loan
solicitations and underwriting.
Remarkably, Pastor Perkins still finds time to serve in religious, community and
civil affiliations. He currently serves as President of the California State
Baptist Convention Incorporated. He is a member of the Pastoral Services Team at
John Muir Medical Center, a member of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, and a
member of the Association of Realtors, Antioch, CA. In addition, Pastor Perkins
served as past Moderator of the Home and Foreign Mission District Association,
former Chaplain for the City of Pittsburg Police Department, past President of
the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Pittsburg, Inc., and past
Commissioner of Leisure Service Board in the city of Pittsburg.
As a progressive visionary, Pastor Perkins leads the people of God in enriched
worship services with his practical, yet insightful and charismatic preaching
style. His spiritual leadership is demonstrated in Christian growth classes and
bible study. His ministry extends beyond the walls of First Baptist Church with
the vision and oversight of various outreach ministries such as the Academic
Center of Excellence, Social Services Program, First Baptist Institute, Sunrise
Cafe, Head Start, community-based case management for families at-risk and more.
Pastor Perkins is dedicated to using his gifts to glorify God while edifying
God’s people. He is committed to leading people into abundant living, holding
fast to holiness, integrity and Godly purpose. Pastor Perkins is an avid family
man and enjoys a passionate and enriching life with his wife, Patricia, their
two young adults, Enjoli, Enrée and his wife, Robin, and their grandson, Xavier.