Henry L. Perkins, Pastor

Rev. 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.