Kingdom Building: EEW Founder Dianna Hobbs and husband Kenya Hobbs accept role as pastors of urban startup ministry
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:13AM
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Share Since God miraculously healed Dianna Hobbs, award-winning founder of Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc., she has hit the ground running.

Today it was officially announced that she and her husband, Kenya Hobbs, both licensed ministers in the Church of God In Christ, have accepted the roles of Executive Pastor and First Lady at an urban startup ministry on the east side of Buffalo, NY.

Evangelistic Temple COGIC appointed longtime community leader Elder Hobbs during Sunday service flanked by his wife and the pair's four children. 

Both are reportedly excited to lead this new effort to address the spiritual and practical concerns of community residents.

“We are intentional in our focus to operate a church that looks outward to helping the community to thrive and grow both spiritually and naturally,” said Elder Hobbs.

“A good friend once told me ‘Love is what love does,’ and we intend to be doers of God’s word by getting out into the community and helping where we can to improve the conditions and concerns facing many residents,” he added.

Evangelistic Temple was initially planted in August of last year by Bishop Joseph Brinson, Sr., 81, father of Evangelist Hobbs. He realized the work was too great for him and sought out the assistance of the very capable 19-years-married pair.

The small church building located at 84 Rickert Ave. in the heart of the inner city of Buffalo has its work cut out for it. It is surrounded by many abandoned lots, homes in need of love and a struggling business economy. But the Kingdom-minded couple is undeterred.

The Hobbs family honored during 100th Anniversary of Black History Celebration in Buffalo, NY Feb. 23, 2015 Back (L) to (R) Kenya Hobbs, Dianna Hobbs, Buffalo's Mayor Byron W. Brown/ Front (L) to (R) Kaiah Hobbs, Kyla Hobbs, Kaleb Hobbs, Kedar Hobbs) [Photo Credit: City of Buffalo]

“We are so humbled and honored that God would choose us to fill such a weighty role as pastor and first lady. We in no way take that lightly,” said Evangelist Hobbs.

“We will do all we can to honor God, love and build up His people, and serve with integrity, while always teaching a doctrine that is rooted in the word of God,” she added.

Elder Hobbs says he and his wife are looking forward to engaging with residents, business owners, law enforcement officials, and other community residents to harness all the resources available to strengthen this community hobbled by disinvestment, high unemployment rates, and crime.

“As the old saying goes, ‘No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care,’ and we want to express compassion and concern in everything we do,” said Hobbs.  “The Bible says in Jeremiah 31:3, ‘With loving kindness have I drawn thee,’ and we recognize that the greatest agent of change for any community is love.”

Evangelistic Temple is inviting community residents to its Easter Sunday service April 16th, 2017 beginning at 11am. The church welcomes anyone looking for spiritual enrichment through God’s word that has a burning desire to see the church be more socially active in addressing community challenges.

COGIC, the umbrella under which the ministry falls, is a Pentecostal-Holiness Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership.

With more than 6.5 million members in the United States, it has been ranked the fifth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. by the National Council of Churches.

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