When Darrell Hines gives his testimony, people listen because God had to get his attention—literally—with a bolt of lightning.
Struck by lightening in 1981, and by his own account being dead for 45 minutes served as the impetus for Bishop Hines life of service in full time ministry. Since then he evangelized within the U.S, Africa and Germany for more than 10 years winning souls that number into the tens of thousands.
The founder of Darrell Hines Ministries – a global ministry organization anchored by the nearly 6,000 member Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Milwaukee, Bishop Hines’ primary goal is to bring the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of every ethic background, nation and culture. He has appeared on Christian television stations such as TBN and This Is Your Day with Benny Hinn, and can now be seen live during scheduled service times on the Streaming Faith web site, which reaches more than one billion homes around the world.
Bishop Hines and his wife Pamela have founded some eight churches and are in fellowship with more than 70 additional churches and ministries through their outreach ministry known as Dominion Fellowship Ministries International (DFM). Through DFM they minister to the special and specific needs of husbands and wives who operate in full time ministry together.
Christian Faith Fellowship founded and currently pastored by Bishop Hines and wife Pamela was developed in order to meet the diverse needs of the people within the city of Milwaukee and around the globe. CFFC is a multipurpose facility that lays host to; Darrell Lynn Hines College Preparatory Academy, a 55,000 square feet elementary school developed to train and educate children within a Christian environment. The newly acquired Destiny Youth Plaza is a 66,000-square foot strip mall covering 5.8 acres of land used to reach the youth of Milwaukee.
Recently elevated to the office of Auxiliary Bishop within the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, he also serves as the Chairmen of the Men’s ministry and is the acting host of the annual Men Perfecting Men’s conference a national gathering that has touched the lives of more than 20,000 men.
Through the mediums of radio, television, and publications Bishop Darrell Hines is committed to winning the lost and investing in the lives of people around the globe.
Lorraine Carter was one of Milwaukee’s pioneers in the area of early childhood education and development.
And, because she had a heart for not only children, but her community, she originated the concept of combining affordable, quality childcare with early childhood learning for Milwaukee’s central city residents.
With a background in education, Carter taught at a number of Milwaukee Public schools before founding V.E. Carter Child Development Group with her husband, Veledis, who also worked as a special education teacher.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska to Harriet and Henry Peters, Carter earned her bachelor’s degree in education and sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before moving to Milwaukee to take a teaching job, she worked as a special education teacher for the Chicago Public Schools.
Carter was a visionary in that she recognized that many of the low-income students in the school system were not really special education students, they just didn’t have access to an early start in education, so she spent her life working to remedy that. Eventually she and her husband were able to purchase and occupy the former McKinley School building, located at 2001 W. Vliet. VE Carter Child Development Center, which they bought from Milwaukee Public Schools, still operates from that site.
Carter succumbed to cancer on April 4, 2007, leaving her mark on Milwaukee’s community as a leader, innovator, entrepreneur, and educator.
Wayne Richard Embry has always lived his life by “P” words—preparation, perception, perseverance, persistence, pride and passion.
Throughout his illustrious career he’s sought to embrace and practice each of these.
At 6’8”, Embry was known as “The Wall” during his 11-year NBA playing career with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, respectively. His career on and off the field with the NBA spans 40 years.
A native of Springfield, OH, Embry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami (Ohio) University, and began his NBA career in 1958.
In 1972 Embry became the first African American general manager in the NBA when he accepted that position with the Milwaukee Bucks—a position he held for eight years. He then served as vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1985-1992, and later executive vice president. Then in 1994 Embry became the first African American in the NBA to be named team president and chief operating officer.
Now, forever enshrined in the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, Embry remains not only a legend, but a pioneer and trailblazer, on and off the court.