By Ashley Chambers
At St. John Missionary Baptist Church, one of the largest African American Baptist churches in Richmond, Pastor Kevin B. Hall is taking the Gospel to the airwaves, broadcasting on KDYA 1190 AM station “The Light” every Sunday at 3 p.m. This church is reaching the community through multiple channels with a mission to “evangelize the sinner and to equip the saints.” “It is my job as Pastor of St. John to ensure that this mission becomes more than just words on paper, it must become reality and fulfilled in every aspect,” Hall said. “It is my desire to reach the masses with the transforming message of Jesus Christ,” he said. “Our SWAT (Spreading the Word Across Town) Ministry canvass the neighborhoods seeking to connect with the un-churched and unbelievers by sharing the Plan of Salvation, a message tract, or simply offering a word of prayer to someone in need.” Through Hall’s leadership serving as pastor since 1994, the church has added an expanded worship center and the Kevin B. Hall Education building, serving the Richmond community in two different locations. They offer “Lessons to Live By” every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at their South Campus, located at 662 South 52nd St., and other educational opportunities at their North Campus, located at 29 8th St., through the Contextualize Leadership Development Center (CLD), an extension of the Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Marin. A strong advocate of what he calls the “double C’s – Christ and the classroom,” Hall received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and his Bachelor of Theology degree from Conroe Bible College. He studied to receive his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Religious Education degrees from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Doctorate of Ministry from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. For more information, contact St. John Missionary Baptist Church at (510) 233-1779.