By Tasion Kwamilele
Pastor Henry Washington, a lifelong resident of Richmond, has committed himself to God and helping those in need. For more than thirty years, Pastor Washington has continued to inspire change within the lives of the Richmond community.
“Judge George Carroll served the community in an awesome way so to receive this award in his name is an honor. I am extremely humbled,” said Washington.
Washington’s roots in Richmond run deep. He’s the grandson of Richmond’s first African American police officer and the nephew of former Richmond Mayor, Lonnie Washington Jr.,
Washington has been groomed to be an advocate for change within his community.
He comes by his instinct to fight for the needy honestly. It’s ingrained.
After graduating from Richmond High School, he attended Contra Costa Community College and Bay City Bible Institute.
For more than seventeen years, he worked as a hearth specialist helping individuals maintain their brick or stone fireplaces. He has also worked for Chevron and Port Chicago Naval Weapons. However, after giving his life to Christ, Washington wanted to focus on the work of the church. He became an ordained minister and later was elected an Elder. He has served as both a Chaplain and Evangelist Vice President on the state level in the Pentecostal denomination. He has also served as a Jurisdictional Evangelist President and has had the opportunity to minister in 40 states and seven countries.
In 2002, Pastor Washington established The Garden of Peace Ministries in Vallejo. After establishing a solid foundation for the church, in 2008 he relocated the ministry to Richmond.
In Richmond his Garden of Peace Ministry has flowered and his membership is growing too.
Currently, Washington serves as the director of Operation Richmond. The organization’s “pro-actionary” method has helped in decreasing Richmond’s homicide rate by 60%. He is planting seeds of anti-violence.
Lloyd Madden, President of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC), added, “I believe Pastor Washington’s passion is building partnerships across faith-based organizations, community organizations, concerned citizens and our youth. BAPAC is supportive of his efforts as Operation Richmond’s Executive Director.”
BAPAC’s Community Service Award Program will take place May 5th at the Richmond Sanitary Service Lobby, 3620 Blume Dr. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the BAPAC office, 180 Broadway, Richmond.