Bay Area Clergy honored Bishop Frank Pinkard, Jr. of Evergreen Baptist Church in Oakland Monday evening at a gala appreciation dinner hosted by Chapel of the Chimes and the Oakland NAACP.
The theme of the 2nd Annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner at Scott’s Restaurant in Jack London Square was, “Working Together to Build Our Future.”
“We have got to come together as ministers and use our collective power to get good loans for our people,” Bishop Pinkard said in his speech at the dinner.
“ We should go to the banks we patronize and ask them how they can help us do that. The one that gives us what we ask for, that’s where we will put our money. The ones that don’t we will divest our money and put our money in the bank that does what we ask.
“Secondly we’ve got to come together for the needs of our brothers and address the high suspension rate of African-American males in our school districts. It’s up to us to lock arms and make this happen.”
Bishop Pinkard completed his seminary program at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo California, where he received his Masters of Divinity. He then earned a Doctrate of Divinity from the Urban Black Study Center affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.
He has served as president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of the East Bay; president of the Baptist Ministers Union of Oakland, moderator of the Oakland Council Churches and first vice president of the United California Baptist State Convention.
Bishop Pinkard is a member of the New Oakland Committee and a commissioner of the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquents in Alameda. He oversaw the construction and completion of a $4.5 million worship facility in Ghana, West Africa and completed the Maya Angelou Literacy and Violence Prevention Center.
“Bishop Pinkard is so deserving of this award because he is a man of integrity and wisdom and not afraid to share his visions. He encompasses the fruit of the spirit,” said Brendia Pierre, wife of Pastor Harold Pierre of Pilgrim Community Church in San Francisco.