Biography of Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jnr Of Bethel Institutional Church

Biography of Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jnr Of Bethel Institutional Church

This a write up on the Biography of Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jnr Of Bethel Institutional Church

One of the oldest church in the State of Florida, is Bethel Baptist Institutional Church which was established after the Civil war. It is apposite to mention that the court of Jacksonville acknowledged Bethel Institutional Church as Church of the Blacks.

Bethel Baptist Church was established by James Mcdonald and Ryan Frier, in 1838 and they served as Co-pastors of the Church. Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, is the son of Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Snr, that served Bethel Church for sixty years and Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr has served the church for a total period of forty years.

It is imperative to mention that Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr came to Bethel Institutional Church, in 1995 and aided his father to spearhead the activities of the Church. He latter stepped into his father’s shoes as the Senior Pastor of Bethel Institutional Church.

He obtained his bachelor degrees from the University of Jacksonville, from which he has a twin major specialization in Field Music: Sacred Music and Opera and Pipe Organ Performance as minor specialization.

Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, obtained his Masters of Divinity from Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Religion at Virginia, Union University and his doctoral degree from United Theological Seminar, where he was awarded with the Doctor of Ministry Degree

The Virginia Union University and Bethune Cookman University, awarded Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, honorary Doctor of Divinity. Interestingly, in 2008, Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr was made the prelate of Bethel Institutional Baptist Church after proper sanctification by Bishop S. Morton.

Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, married Kimberly Joy Nichols and their union is blessed with three children: Joshua, Janai and Jocelyn. He is acknowledged nationally and internationally and he has distinguished himself as an academician, preacher, clergy and teacher .

Notably we must include in this biography that apart from the ministry work, Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jnr of Bethel Institutional Church has been a doctoral mentor at the United Theological Seminary, Dayton , Ohio, in which he served in a professorial capacity. In the aforementioned institution, it is instructive to mention, that students of Doctoral Ministry Degree were placed under Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, for mentorship. Rudolf has also written cascades of books and he is also a recognized and certified musician with some nationally acknowledged music projects to his name, such as ‘The Recovery’ which was launched and acknowledged on the National Bill Board Chart. His book ‘ God’s Got My Back’ was placed as the first on the International Publisher’s chart in July, 2010.

Furthermore, under the leadership of Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr, the Bethel Institutional Church is now famously known as the Bethel experience, a place of worship, that is known for its diversity, energy and vibrancy. Pathetically, Bishop Rudolf Mckissick Jr was diagnosed with stage-two prostate cancer at 47 and the cancer is rampant with African-American men.

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