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A life of achievements
Reverend Keith A. King was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and is the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Howard University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in international business; he received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School. Upon completion of law school, he immediately entered the United States Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General (“JAG”). While serving as a JAG officer, he was awarded a Naval Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for his professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties. He ended his active duty service with an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. As an attorney he is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Reverend King has been blessed by a dual path of accomplishment both vocationally and professionally. Vocationally, Reverend King accepted his calling to ministry in 1992 and was ordained in 1996 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Saginaw, MI. After accepting the call into the ministry, while stationed at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, CA, Reverend King and a small group of ministers were led by God to start a chapel service on the military base. They were given unprecedented authority to preach, teach and structure the Sunday and Friday night worship services. The result was astounding, as the services grew to one of the largest in the community. Reverend King’s desert experience prepared him for his next steps in ministry centered on God’s Word and true Christian fellowship in the church.
In 2004, Reverend King assumed his current role as the third pastor of Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church (“CTBC”) in Hamden, CT. Under Pastor King’s leadership, in cooperation with church leadership, associate ministers and the membership, CTBC continues to steadily grow. During Pastor King’s tenure the ministry has been centered on the church becoming unified through the “We Are One Ministry”, which establishes a system of care designed to keep members connected. Through this ministry the entire church membership is divided among twelve groups, symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the groups strive to efficiently and consistently bear one another’s burdens and celebrate one another’s joys through activities and fellowship. Under Pastor King’s guidance, by the power of the Holy Spirit there has been substantial growth in membership and development at CTBC.
The church facilities have been improved and expanded through four additional properties purchased in the surrounding neighborhood; the addition of an elevator, new classrooms, office space and major renovations to the sanctuary. In addition, various new ministries have also been added to meet the needs of the growing congregation, including Seniors, Prayer and Praying Hands, Mentoring, After-School, Marriage, Singles, Wellness, Joshua Generation, Ambassadors for Christ, Jeremiah 29:11, Nehemiah Support, a Friday Night Service for youth and a Summer Enrichment Camp.
In addition, CTBC’s missionary work (now Faith in Action) also expanded its community outreach to minister to nursing homes, and a transitional housing complex, community block parties and to an international level, as the church supported the dispatch of its members to Haiti, Togo and South Africa. In 2014, CTBC successfully hosted a Summer Enrichment Camp. Reverend King continues to focus on how the Church can remain relevant in an ever changing world filled with drugs, crime and social brokenness. To that end, the core tenets of his ministry have always been the active promotion of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, education, the family unit and healthy marriages.
AUSA King also developed and spearheaded the Project Sentry initiative, which became the seminal program for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to expand its primary and traditional prosecutorial role in the community, by deterring juvenile gun crime and promoting school safety.
To further advance his Pastoral vision, in 2013, Reverend King founded and is the President of the Inextricably Bound Community Development Corporation (“IB”). IB was established to increase community cohesion and raise the living standards of individuals and families in the distressed inner-city communities of New Haven County, CT, by providing encouraging and supportive programs that strengthen families and enhance scholastic endeavors.
Professionally, for well over twenty years, Reverend King was also a prosecutor. As an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) in the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut he worked exclusively in the criminal division, handling numerous investigations and prosecutions of white collar and violent crimes, as well as civil rights cases. AUSA King also developed and spearheaded the Project Sentry initiative, which became the seminal program for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to expand its primary and traditional prosecutorial role in the community, by deterring juvenile gun crime and promoting school safety. Subsequently, AUSA King was tapped to lead other community based programming that facilitated partnerships between federal, state and municipal governments and the community. In 2003, the Project Sentry program received a national award for its innovative efforts to reduce juvenile gun violence from the United States Department of Justice.
Over the course of his career as a prosecutor, AUSA King presented a message of nonviolence to well over 20,000 students. In 2010, AUSA King launched the Clergy Ambassador’s Program, a program designed to formalize the relationship between clergy and law enforcement, in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in the community. AUSA King retired from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – U.S. Department of Justice in 2013 to focus solely on ministry.
Reverend King believes only the power of God can bring about real transformation. He and his wife of over twenty-five years, Joaquina (“Jaqui”), are the proud parents of three children and they reside in Connecticut.