Pastor Danny Hawkins is an itinerant pastor, missionary, social worker, and international speaker, who has been in the formal ministry since 1998; he holds a Bachelor of Generals Studies in Social Work, Education, and Modern and Classical Languages (Spanish and Portuguese focus) from Missouri State University, Crisis Prevention Institute Comprehensive/Blue Certification, and he is completing a Certificate in Theology and Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, a Master of Social Work at Columbia University - NYC, Fostering Inclusion and Diversity at Yale University, and Business Studies at Harvard Business School Online.
Danny realized his desire to preach as a child while attending the Billings Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Billings, Missouri. He credits Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking, then the pastor of Billings Christian Church, for igniting the desire to ask “Why” and the gift of inquiry, while ministering on a practical level and serving God for the good and advancement of all humanity. In September and October 2004, Danny was licensed and ordained by Four Rivers Church, Marshfield, Missouri, and he was commissioned as a missionary to Latin America, serving in Mexico and Brazil for over 10 years. In May 2005, he received Reciprocal Ordination from the Seventh Foursquare Gospel Church in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (Brazil), and the Church of God (Mexico). He has planted churches in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, which now has ministries in 80+ countries and reaching over 10,000 people a day.
In February 2018, Danny transferred his ministry credentials to the Church he co-founded in Brazil, Igreja Gerados Pela Graça. Danny, his wife (Luciane), and their son (Daniel) were commissioned to be International Missionaries of Igreja Gerados Pela Graça in the United States. They incorporated Life By Grace Church in Missouri and planted the first Life By Grace Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Danny is the Sr. Pastor/Bishop, and serves as the Presiding Bishop of The International Fellowship of Life By Grace Church and The International Fellowship of National Missionaries - an ecumenical, multinational, and international Fellowship comprised of national pastors, missionaries, and ministers.
Danny is married to his wife of 14 years, Luciane (Lu) Padilha Hawkins, which together have an 13-year old son, Daniel Padilha Hawkins. They reside in Glen Burnie, Maryland. His wife, Lu, is an elementary school teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland), and she is an Online Per Course Instructor at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Luciane is a Brazilian and naturalized United States Citizen. Their son, Daniel Padilha Hawkins, has dual citizenship - Brazilian and American.
Danny and his family own and operate Hawkins Educational Services, LC, Springfield, Missouri, and Hawkins Educational Services LLC, Baltimore, Maryland, which provides Educational Services, tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs to the at-risk population in Greene County, Missouri and The Baltimore-Washington D.C. Metro Area.
Danny is a product of the Missouri Foster Care System due to domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect in his home; at age four, he witnessed the murder of his father during a domestic violence incident. He spent over four years in the Missouri Foster Care System, where he was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused. As a young adult, he was homeless and attempted suicide. Through pastors, teachers, and mentors, Danny discovered his potential and realized his dream. Danny believes in giving back to his community and working with the at-risk population by helping families see their potential and recognize their dreams. He frequently
Danny shares about his life from domestic violence, the foster care system, living abroad, to graduating college in his soon-to-be-released book, Unbelievable.
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