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Our Pastor

Pastor Eugene C. McCown, Jr. was born in Bellflower, California to Eugene C. McCown, Sr. and EverLena Dean McCown.  He was nurtured and raised in the Baptist Church where he was active in the Youth Ministry and the Audio-Visual Ministry. After befriending the beautiful Ms. Yolinda R. Guilford in 1989, he joined Goodwill Church Of God In Christ, where his future father-in-law, Asst. Supt. Joseph Guilford was the pastor.  Pastor Eugene C. McCown, Jr.At Goodwill, Bro. McCown continued to work with the Audio-Visual Ministry, but was also introduced to the Armor Bearer/Servant Ministry.  It was during his college years at Goodwill  that the seeds of his ministry began to blossom as he labored, mentoring youth and college students as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

After completing his Electrical Engineering studies at San Diego State University, Bro. McCown and his fiancé, Ms. Guilford, joined Greater St. Luke Church Of God In Christ where Supt. Gary Watkins, Sr. was the pastor.  Under the tutelage of Supt. Watkins, Bro. McCown honed his organizational and administrative skills.  Unbeknownst to Bro. McCown, God was preparing him to do great things.  While at Greater St. Luke, Bro. McCown led the Youth Department, was one of the lead engineers in the Communication Ministry, served on the Southern California 2nd Jurisdiction Youth Department staff, became a National Adjutant and began working on the staff of the National Adjutancy. 

In 2008, Bro. McCown was directed by God to move to Virginia where the family joined Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ under the leadership of Asst. Supt. Eddie B Pruitte, Jr. It was here that Bro. McCown accepted his calling to the ministry.  Under the tutelage of Asst. Supt. Pruitte, Min. McCown grew spiritually as he began to focus more on ministry.  While at Holiness Tabernacle, Min. McCown served as the Pastor’s Aide President, taught Prayer & Bible Band, was a member of the Finance Team and Executive Staff, was a Prayer Warrior and initiated the 5th Quarter Program geared towards the youth of the church. 

Min. McCown not only served locally, but he also served at the state level of the 1st Jurisdiction of Virginia under General Board Member Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. as an Adjutant, Holy Convocation Registration Staff, Asst. to the Jurisdictional Secretary and Asst. Campaign Manager for Bishop Thomas’ Campaign for the General Board.  On the national level, Min. McCown served the Church Of God In Christ as the Asst. Director of Operations for the National Adjutancy, member of the Information Technology Office, Webmaster for several International Departments and several other offices.

In 2013, Min. McCown was ordained as an elder during the 99th State Holy Convocation.  In the same year during the 106th International Holy Convocation, Elder McCown was appointed as an Adjutant Overseer in the National Adjutancy and as the Director of Operations & Logistics for the National Adjutancy.  Elder McCown continues to serve in several capacities with the Church Of God In Christ, Inc.  In 2014, Elder McCown heeded the call from the Lord to start a new ministry in Northern Virginia – Praise Center Church Of God In Christ.  In April 2015, the Lord blessed Praise Center with a 2400 square foot facility at 17948 Fraley Blvd in Dumfries, Virginia.  Within a year, the Lord birthed our Praise Pantry, which provides food and non-food items for ~40 families a month, and several additional outreach initiatives that has blessed our community.  In 2017, Praise Center has launched a nine-seat computer lab for training and tutoring opportunities through their CDC #WeSERVE.

Pastor McCown holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Information Technology Management from National University.  In 1997, Pastor McCown was blessed to marry his lovely wife, Yolinda R. McCown.  He is the proud father of four, Dymond, Eryck, Crystal and Eryn, who work closely with him in ministry.


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