Church to welcome pastor, family to community
Bells Chapel CME Church in Fulton is inviting the community to join them for a special time of worship and celebration as they welcome their new pastor and his wife, who will be the congregation’s “first lady.”
The Rev. Eric McKinney was born Nov. 26, 1969, in Paducah, Ky., son of Otis McKinney and Barbara Nell (Motley) McKinney. He is a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and is employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as a supervisor. He is the brother of Pamela Dodd of Paducah.
He has been married to Kimberly (Pierce) McKinney for 17 years and they are the parents of Jamesha, Ti’erica, Danielle, Gregory (who is serving his country in Iraq), James, Eric Jr., Quannie and Harold.
McKinney was called to preach in 1996. His first assigned church under the Christian Methodist Episcopal Connection was at Thomas Chapel in Hickman, Ky. After serving there, he was appointed to Miles Chapel in Paducah, where he pastored until he was appointed to Bells Chapel CME Church in Fulton in December 2007.
A “Meet and Greet” service is planned for the couple Jan. 27 at Bells Chapel C.M.E. Church, located at 207 North Highland Drive. The 11 a.m. guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael Wade, who will be accompanied by the choir and congregation from Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah. That afternoon at 3, the Rev. Michael Pryor of Brookport (Ill.) Unity Baptist Church will fill the pulpit.
“Everyone is welcome to join us for this special celebration as we welcome our new pastor, our new “first lady” and their family,” a spokesman said.