COGIC Bishop Darrell Hines Shares How he Got Into Ministry After Being Struck by Lightning and his Heart Stopped for 45 Minutes

Darrell Hines and wife Pamela
Darrell Hines and wife Pamela

A Milwaukee man is one of only 12 bishops over 10,000 pastors in the Church of God in Christ. It has a membership of more than 6 million. 

Darrell and Pamela Hines started Christian Faith Fellowship church 29 years ago. They continue to strengthen lives after what they call a “miracle.”

The Hines is a story of Faith, fellowship, hope and love.

Bishop Darrell Hines and his wife Pastor Pamela Hines preach the gospel at Christian Faith Fellowship church at 86th and Good Hope in Milwaukee.

Hines was called to the pulpit in 1981 after a near-death experience.

“I got struck by lightening in 1981 my heart stopped beating for 45 minutes. When I experienced that miracle I just felt I was destined for ministry, destined to preach the gospel!” he said.

Hines and his wife Pamela have known each other for 43 years. She was 12 and he was 15 when they met. It was love at first sight.

“I walked in and saw him on the organ and it was just..my heart just something just happened…..almost like when I first saw Billy Dee Williams.,” Pamela Hines said.

“I knew she was too young, because we were a very strong religion and I couldn’t date her or anything, but I just liked her,” Bishop Hines said.

Now after 39 years of marriage and a church with a congregation of more than 4 thousand it’s a family affair for the Hines.

Sons Brandon and DJ also minister at their parents church.

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SOURCE: Carole Meekins
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