Pastor Bobby Perkins and Reverend Dr. JoAnn Perkins
Pastor Bobby Perkins works full-time as an electrician for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority. He runs World Missions for Christ Church with his sister Rev. Dr. JoAnn Perkins, who founded the church 26 years ago. Pastor Perkins preaches to the congregation, basing many of his sermons on his past struggle with drug addiction, while Rev. Dr. Perkins runs the church's extensive outreach program, feeding and clothing the homeless and educating some of the city's poorest children. Her experience with the D.C. school system, rated one of the worst in the U.S., led her to create a tutoring program to give underprivileged children a chance for an education. Pastor Perkins, meanwhile, often conducts services on the sidewalk, because, as he explains "We're a street ministry, so we got to be in the streets." He goes into the crack houses and shooting galleries where he ministers to those who suffer from the same addiction that he once had, and preaches with the support of his wife Gail and their two sons.