In this week’s Saturday Briefing I have the privilege of interviewing Pastor Gerald McGinnis, founder and long-term pastor of the Park West Church of God in Knoxville, TN.
Founding Pastor & Director of Leadership Development
Gerald McGinnis, a Knoxville native, entered the ministry at age 24. He was married to his wife, Dawn, in 1973. They have two children, Jeremy and Charity, who are both married with children of their own.
He and Dawn started Park West Church in 1980 with 26 members in Knoxville, Tennessee. Today, Park West Church has over 2,000 members as Pastor McGinnis continues to share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
Pastor McGinnis served in the Army during the Vietnam War and experienced many challenges that officers in civil service deal with today. Presently, Pastor McGinnis serves as a chaplain to the FBI, ATF, and is a Chaplain Coordinator for the Knox. Co. Sheriff’s Dept. In addition, he is a trainer with the Church of God Chaplain’s Commission, traveling around the world to train more chaplains for this ministry.
Pastor McGinnis is an ordained bishop with the Church of God in Cleveland, TN. He has served on various committees as well as state and national boards within the denomination. His educational background includes a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Church Ministries with concentration in Church Leadership from the Church of God Theological Seminary. He received his accreditation as a Certified Traumatologist with Florida State University. Pastor McGinnis is also a member of the American Psychotherapy Association with Diplomat Status and the American Association of Christian Counselors.