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Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Our Pastor

Christopher Alan Bullock is a native of Wichita, Kansas with roots in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the Founder and Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Delaware. He has presided over one of the most effective urban ministry models for church planting and growth in America. In November 2012, Dr. Bullock was overwhelmingly elected as the first African American President of the New Castle County Council. He is the former Chairman of the Delaware Black Caucus, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.


From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Bullock served as Pastor of The Historic Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois. He was elected as the activist president of the Chicago Southside Branch of the NAACP. The branch experienced measurable membership growth and effectively addressed social justice and civil rights issues in Chicago. Dr. Bullock also served as an Illinois State Commissioner on Discrimination and Hate Crimes.


During the period of 1990 to 1998, he served as Pastor of The Historic Eighth Street Baptist Church of Wilmington Delaware. During his tenure, the congregation experienced phenomenal ministry growth. As a result of this success, Dr. Bullock relocated the congregation to a multimillion-dollar, newly constructed sanctuary, and facility. He served as a Delaware State Commissioner on Minority Health, and Delaware State Commissioner on Public Integrity. He has been honored by many local, national, and international organizations for his work and ministry, and is the author of two books, “The Social Mission of the Black Church: A Call to Action” and “A Charge to Keep.”


He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary and completed his post-doctoral work at Harvard University Divinity School.  Additionally, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School/Crozer Seminary and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. 

Pastor Bullock shares his life with his wife of more than 35 years and partner in ministry, Rev. Dr. Debbie Ardella Strickling-Bullock.  They have two sons, Benjamin and Daniel, and are the proud grandparents of Daniel Christopher Bullock, Isaiah Benjamin Bullock, and Isabella Joenelle Bullock.