Center of Hope Community Baptist Church:
Monday, June 17, 2019
"Restoring Hope to the Community"

Our Pastor & Leading Lady

Dr. Donald L. Perryman, a Toledo Ohio native, attended Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio and subsequently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio in December, 2007 with a theological focus in Social Justice Ministry and Political Activism. The dissertation resulting from this work is Stories of Hope: Educating for Activism and Justice in the Black Church. Dr. Perryman received both the Bachelor (B.B.A.) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the Univeristy of Toledo, majoring in Corporate Finance. He has served in a commercial lending capacity for the Banking Industry and as consultant/examiner for the Credit Union division of the Ohio Department of Commerce. 

Dr. Perryman received his Ph.D. in the Antioch University Ph.D. in Leadership & Change Program in Yellow Springs, Ohio and serves the community as President and Founder of United Pastors for Social Empowerment , a coalition of faith leaders working in collaboration with institutional representatives and other communities of practice to challenge the disparities affecting the poor, marginalized, and communities of color through public policy, community development and political empowerment. 

He is also a member of the board of managers for Ohio Poverty Law Center, the board of managers for Aspire Cradle to Career Network, Neighborhood Health Association, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, The University of Toledo President's Council On Diversity, The University of Toledo MBE/EDGE Committee. Dr. Perryman is also a member of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference for Social Justice, and The Children’s Defense Fund.

In 1971, Dr. Perryman was a founder of the original University of Toledo Gospel Choir and served as Minister of Music at Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo, from 1971 to 1997. Dr. Perryman received his call to the Ministry in December, 1988, where he was licensed and ordained under the leadership of the late Reverend Cornelius Byers.

On October 12, 1997, with the guidance and assistance of Rev. Dr. John E. Roberts and Rev. Dr. Willie L. Perryman, the Center of Hope Community Baptist Church, Toledo Ohio was founded and organized with eleven individuals under Pastor D. L. Perryman with the philosophy that God requires not only individuals, but also governments and communities to operate closely to what we understand to be the ways of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Due greatly to Pastor Perryman's ability to wed Gospel Ministry with Social Ministry, the church has become a center for change in Toledo that reconnects holistic ministry in contemporary social, economic, and political life to our spiritual and cultural foundations. As a result, Dr. Perryman’s objective has been to bring the light of the gospel to bear upon the issue of diversity, liberation, inclusiveness, empowerment, and social justice. Center of Hope moved into its present sanctuary located at 1656 Dorr Street on April 21, 1999.

Through Dr. Perryman’s vision, Center of Hope Family Services, Inc., a highly acclaimed 501c3 was founded with a mission to improve the life outcomes of individuals and families living in urban settings. The nonprofit operates a 21st Century Learning Center and Children's Defense Fund Freedom School in partnership with Toledo Public Schools and several other core initiatives under Positive Youth Development and Adult and Family Support.     Dr. Perryman is greatly blessed by having at his side, the lovely and elegant Willetta Marie Perryman. Center of Hope's First Lady is a faithful servant and minister in her own right.  Mrs. Perryman is gentle, yet firm. She is insightful because she takes God's Word seriously. Children and young people are especially attracted to her because she recognizes that they not only have to be trained, but they also have to be nurtured. Pastor and Mrs. Perryman are blessed with three adult children and a beautiful granddaughter, Jamison Inez.

Our Pastor is also extremely proud of the faithful and energetic ministers, staff, ministries, and members who make up the congregation of Center of Hope. He believes that where a people and pastor are inextricably bound together harmoniously in service to Jesus Christ, as they are at “The Hope”, God will provide to them an inheritance of infinite opportunities and unlimited possibilities. And one day in the distant future, both our physical and spiritual descendants will exclaim to others: “This is the Lord’s doing; and it is marvelous in our eyes”!