Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney
Dr. McKinney served as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle for forty years (1958-1998), during which time he served the church and community in multiple roles: as pastor, preacher, teacher and community leader.
Committed to the social gospel, Dr. McKinney was Martin Luther King’s lieutenant in the Pacific Northwest, was a founding member of the Seattle Civil Rights Commission, founded the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center and, with the late Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, served on the board of the national organizations.
Throughout the years, he has worked and continues to work on a number of social justice issues that impact the community. Dr. McKinney returned as supply pastor and consultant on September 18, 2005, to stabilize the congregation after a church split, rebuild church infrastructure and create community ties while a new senior pastor search was completed.