In January of 2012, Pastor Dwight Buckner Jr. started a local Tuesday night Bible study inside of his barber shop. With a heart to help the local Decatur, GA Community, each week Pastor Dwight would teach practical Christian lessons and the significance of applying God’s word to their lives. In addition, Pastor Dwight would give out free meals to anyone who was in need. After holding a local Bible study for over a year inside of his shop, Pastor Dwight heard the Lord telling him to preach “Hope” to a lost generation.
During an evening service, Pastor Dwight received a prophetic word that God was going to trust him with numbers, meaning people, and that several of the people that are to come would be young; this was just confirmation of what God had already spoken to him. Pastor Dwight, who has a heart for youth and the next Generation, heard the Lord speak to him immediately after service. The voice of the Lord said “it’s time to start the church, and name the church The Generation of Hope Church”.
One month later, on Sunday February 17, 2013 Pastor Dwight started with twelve faithful members and founded the Generation of Hope Church. He was ordained and installed as the Senior Pastor of the Generation of Hope Church.
The Generation of Hope church is a young, growing, vibrant church with a desire to bring hope and change back to generations within the greater Atlanta, metropolitan area and throughout the world.
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?”
Is to bring Healing and encouragement through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to empower those that are lost, broken and rejected and to transform them into Christian Disciples.
To connect all people to their original purpose through the Gospel of Jesus of Christ. Ezekiel 37:1-14
Our belief is in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in The Trinity (One Godhead) and that the three persons of The Trinity are one. We believe that God sent His Son to be the atonement for our sins. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are eternal, infinitely wise, infinitely holy, and infinitely loving.
Our desire is to reach at-risk youth and young adults, broken families, and most of all, un-churched people within the greater metropolitan Atlanta region.
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.