Charles Kinney

(Kinny) (1855-1951). Evangelist. As a youth he worked his way to Reno, Nevada. While there he attended evangelistic services conducted by J. N. Loughborough, accepted the Seventh-day Adventist faith, and became the first Black member of the Reno, Nevada, church. After two years’ attendance at Healdsburg College (1883-1885) he entered the colporteur work in Kansas. He was assigned by the General Conference in 1889 to work in Louisville, Kentucky, and was ordained the same year, being apparently the first Black SDA to be ordained. His wife’s invalidism eventually made it impossible for him to carry on full ministerial work. He retired in 1911. It was his privilege to see the Black membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America swell to 26,500.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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