|Meet Our Pastor: Dr. Darrow Perkins, Jr. was born in August 1965 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the fourth of five children of Darrow Sr. and Lilly Perkins. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at the Beechgrove Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA under the pastorate of the Rev. Alexander. The family relocated to New Orleans, LA and he graduated from West Jefferson High School in Harvey, Louisiana on May 10, 1983 and then entered the U. S. Marine Corps on May 26, 1983.
He renewed his relationship with Christ in March of 1990 at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan under the pastorate of the Rev. Charles S. Reynolds, where he was ordained a Deacon in February 1991. During June of 1991 he was transferred to Millington, Tennessee and became a member of the First Baptist Church (now Historical First Baptist Church) under the pastorate of the Rev. Quintin R. Smith, where he accepted his call into the Gospel Ministry in December 1992. He preached his first sermon and was licensed to preach the Gospel in April 1993, and was ordained to preach the Gospel in November 1993. While there, he was assigned to teach a Junior Deacon Curriculum and from that class of five (5) students, three (3) are currently pastoring churches, and one (1) is still an active ordained deacon. In 1995, due to military reassignment, the family was relocated to San Diego, CA and in August of that year, he became a member of the Linda Vista Second Baptist Church in San Diego, CA under the pastorate of Dr. David C. Greene. There he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Minister of Evangelism and Outreach, Techniques of Teaching Instructor, Pastor of Christian Education, and implemented and served as the first Facilitator for the Marriage Enrichment Ministry. He began his current work in the Lord as the Pastor of Mesa View Baptist Church during May, 2002. Since assuming the pastorate at Mesa View, the church has grown, ministries have increased, and after 10 years of preaching, teaching, and Biblical giving, God has “enlarged our territory” with the December 2012 purchase of our church campus in Poway, CA.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (Summa Cum Laude) in April 1998, his Master’s Degree In Theology (Summa Cum Laude) in October 2000, and his Doctorate Degree in Theology in May 2001 from the Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary.(www.andersonvilleseminary.com).
In addition to his current responsibilities, Dr. Perkins has been afforded opportunities to facilitate a Marriage Enrichment Conference in Monroe, NC and a Marriage Enrichment Cruise aboard the MS Paradise to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. He was an instructor for Immanuel Bible College in Lemon Grove, CA, and has been a featured contributing writer for the Soul of San Diego Magazine (www.thesoulof sandiegomag.com). He has served as the Recording, Corresponding, and currently as the General Secretary for the Progressive Baptist District Association of Southern California; Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention; and as a member of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America. The ministry the Lord has given him has afforded opportunities to preach in the United States, while on deployment aboard the USS Peleliu, in the kingdom of Bahrain, and recently by teaching pastor’s conferences and preaching crusades in Malawi, Africa.
Dr. Perkins and his wife Teresa have been married since August 1985 and have three grown children: Stephanie, Tara, and Darrow III.
He served his country honorably and retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Chief Warrant Officer W3 on September 1, 2003 after 20 years of honest and faithful service. For his efforts, he has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, three Good Conduct Medals and a host of other awards and commendations.