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Pastor Terry E. Mackey

On December 2, 2018, Pilgrim Rest announced that Pastor Terry E. Mackey from Memphis, Tennessee will be appointed to the position of Senior Pastor. We welcome Pastor Mackey and his family to the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church family. Under Pastor Mackey's pastoral leadership, we look forward to what’s ahead and anticipate further growth and important work for the kingdom of God.

On Sunday, December 16, 2018, Pastor Mackey preached his initial sermon as Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. His Pastoral Installation Service will be held on March 31, 2019.

About Pastor Terry E. Mackey

PASTOR TERRY EUGENE MACKEY was born in Memphis, Tennessee to his proud parents, Pastor Eugene and Dawn Mackey, in 1982. The golden text that serves as the impetus for his life is Matthew 6:33 which states: “But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”


He is a product of the Memphis City School System graduating from Whitehaven High School. After graduating with the highest honors from Whitehaven, he attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Fisk, he was the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for two years, President of his class and crowned Mr. Fisk University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University with a B.A. in Religious Studies.


In May of 2007, Pastor Mackey received the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Immediately following graduation, he became the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, one of the nation’s largest predominantly African American churches, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby. At Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor Mackey became the primary teacher and preacher in the absence of the Rev. Dr. Cosby. 


In September of 2010, Reverend Mackey became the Pastor of Riceville Mount Olive Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. At Riceville Mount Olive, he has doubled annual revenue and tripled church attendance. He has also received numerous awards in the field of oratory, including, among others, The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, The NAACP Act-So National Oratorical Winner, and The Alpha Phi Alpha National Oratorical Winner. Presently, he is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Memphis Theological Seminary, where his doctoral concentration is church growth and church planting. After arriving in Phoenix, Pastor Mackey plans to continue Pilgrim Rest’s involvement in the community by actively participating and maintaining a visible presence.


Pastor Mackey is married to his sweetheart, Lynn F. Mackey, and they have three children, Micah, Timothy, and Barbara.



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