Pastor Dwight Kevin Buckner, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the proud parents of Elder Dwight Kevin Buckner, Sr. and Angela Buckner. Dwight Buckner, Jr. was raised in the Church of God in Christ and comes from a proud Pentecostal background, where he is a seventh generation pastor. He grew up under the leadership of his great uncle, Dr. Walter L. Battle, who was the pastor of the Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Following the strong legacy of family in ministry, Pastor Buckner began to realize the call on his life at the age of 16 to preach and teach God’s word.
In December of 1995 his former Pastor Dr. Walter L. Battle went home to be with the Lord. His Grandmother Pastor Thelma Battle Buckner took over as Senior Pastor of the church. One Sunday, while in church, his grandmother under the power of the Holy Spirit, confirmed that Pastor Dwight had been called to preach. She then commissioned him to prepare his first sermon.
In December of 2001, Pastor Dwight moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Morris Brown College. After being in Atlanta for one year the school lost its accreditation and the doors of the school closed. Buckner, confused and upset with tears in his eyes asked the question, “Lord, where do you want me?”
In 2004, Pastor Dwight enrolled at Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, GA and in May of 2007 graduated with a B.A. in Leadership Administration. In December of 2009, Pastor Dwight was ordained and licensed as a Minister of the Gospel under the leadership of Bishop Jonathan Alvarado and Dr. Toni Alvarado. It was there that he served in the areas of Youth and Young Adult ministry, Men’s Ministry, Singles Ministry, and was a Christian Formation Teacher, and Armor Bearer.
In May of 2012 Buckner graduated from the Pentecostal Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, with a Master of Divinity Degree and is planning to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry program. Pastor Dwight is a profound orator, preacher, teacher, and an emerging leader in the twenty first century. In addition to being a preacher of the gospel he is also an entrepreneur and owner of Visions Barber Shop in Decatur, GA.
Pastor Dwight’s mission is to reach at- risk youth, young adults, broken families, and most of all un-churched people, throughout the world. Pastor Dwight is married to Elisa Bennett Buckner and they have 2 Children Elias Dwight Buckner, and Malachi Caleb Buckner. The couple resides in Atlanta, GA.