Rev. Dinkins preaches, teaches and does outreach

Community outreach program aids inner city

Gigi Tinsley | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins

Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins has over thirty (30) years of preaching and community program experience. And, in 1995 became founder/president and CEO of Hosanna Community Foundation, (HCF) Inc. HCF is a not for profit community outreach organization that comes to the aid of inner city youth and their families. Rev. Dinkins has led HCF from a church youth group to a viable family outreach program serving several hundred families annually.

Rev. Dinkins is founding pastor of Hosanna Community Baptist Church (HCBC) established September 1998 “after being forced to leave his former church,” Dinkins said. “HCBC commenced with sixty children and teens, and twenty adults holding services at Charles R. Drew Middle School and later in Lincoln Fields Apartments from September 1998 to January 2007. The children, teens and adults originated from the ousted church’s youth and young adult choir ministry. God has been good! And, he has brought us from a mighty long way,” Dinkins added.

Through the years, Hosanna Community Foundation, Inc. says it has discovered that no one church, community base agency or ministry can meet the total needs of a community. Thus, in the effort to increase capacity and reach more people HCF founded “The Urban Partnership of Miami-Dade County.” Through that relationship HCF sought and received funding from “SAMHSA” to fund The Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition. The Partnership seeks to bring together faith-based social ministries, community based providers and community leaders in the greater Liberty City/Brownsville/ Model City area around a common mission: “to eliminate disparities for children and families by fostering academic success, healthy choices and community safety”.

The word “Hosanna” means Savior or Salvation Now! It is a word that also claims help is currently presence or soon to come. “Though Hosanna cannot be all things to all people we are enjoying what God is doing in our growing ministry. It amazing to see God transform the lives of people! I feel like the old church as I see God’s hand on our efforts. I would not change anything for my journey now,” Dinkins said.

He holds a BS degree in Marketing, Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Public Administration, and has over 23 years of administrative experience within the public sector.

Dinkins is the proud father of Princess Me-sha Nicole Dinkins.