In a quiet residential area in Harker Heights, Frances Pinkney serves as pastor to the Victory in Jesus Apostolic Church, PAW.
The cheerful minister said she and her husband, Alonzo, met while in the military and married in 1986. A retired 1st sergeant, Pinkney served in the military for more than 20 years, mostly in Germany. She and her husband also served in Bosnia.
Pinkney grew up in Chatham, Va., where she was born in 1956.
“I was always in church growing up, but only trusted Christ as the center of my life since my husband and I sought the Lord together in 1987,” she said.
Pinkney went to college in North Carolina before joining the military. Since coming to Harker Heights, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and her master’s of social work from Baylor University, specializing in physical and mental health. In August, she will receive her license in clinical social work, which will enable her to operate her own business.
She is currently the director of outpatient services at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center. Pinkney also serves as director of military services at River Crest Hospital in San Angelo.
In August, a new office is opening at 1900 E. Elms Road in the Elms Road Plaza in Killeen for active-duty service members.
Jesus Apostolic Church was originally on Eighth Street in Killeen, but it moved to Harker Heights when it purchased the current church property on Comanche Drive in 2000. The church is affiliated with Visions of Victory Christian Academy, which teaches elementary, middle and high school students.
Overcoming obstacles in ministry is a matter of letting Christ be seen in you, in your church, your work and in our community, Pinkney said. Being a female pastor is challenging, she said, but God calls her. Churches should support each other, and it is nice for pastors to encourage and uplift one another, she said.
Evangelist Brenda Cline has been friends with Pinkney for more than 20 years.
“She was my friend first, then my pastor,” Cline said. “In their home, the Pinkneys are the same people that they are in the church. Pastor Pinkney is real and she loves others. Friendships are special and true friends are priceless.”
Pinkey’s husband is co-pastor of the church.
Jesus Apostolic Church is at 1704 Comanche Drive, Harker Heights.
Herald/Sandra Duffy Oliver