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St. Marks COGIC

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

The letters S and M are in red set against a black background. A red and orange lion with a red crown is positioned above the M.

With a vision for family and community, St. Mark is committed to reaching the lost, restoring families, and reclaiming our community for Christ. St. Mark is a strong and vital church, which is located in the historical Highland Park community of Richmond, Virginia. We extend an invitation to you and your family to come and experience the mighty presence of God.


This month, we are proud to introduce you to Pastor Barry Winston with St. Mark COGIC in Richmond, VA! Pastor Winston and St. Mark COGIC invited us to their serve their congregation in November of 2020 to help provide holiday food relief during COVID. The partnership was so positive that we quickly set up bi-monthly distributions in their parking lot. We have found them to be warm and welcoming, and think you will too!


Q: Who are you and where are you from?

A: Superintendent Barry L. Winston is the husband of Dollnita M. Winston. They have been married for 29 years and are blessed with three children; Nathaniel, Nicholas, and Nicole. Superintendent Designee Winston is a graduate of John Marshall High School. He obtained an Associate Degree in Religious Studies from The Community Bible Institute, Richmond, Virginia.

With over 22 years of Pastoral Ministry, Pastor Winston is the Founder of Family Restoration Church of God in Christ and the current Senior Pastor of St. Mark Church of God in Christ. He has recently been appointed Superintendent of the Roanoke District. Pastor Winston is a courageous visionary and a faithful servant leader who loves God's people. Growing up in foster care, Pastor Winston has used this life experience as a stepping stone to grow a successful ministry. Pastor Winston is the Executive Director of Family Restoration Community Development Corporation, Director of Church & Community Relations COGIC Urban Initiative, Director of Church & Community Relations Crime Prevention/Re-entry COGIC Urban Initiatives, and a Certified Family Trainer for the Richmond Health Department, Family & Fatherhood Initiative.

Pastor Winston has also conducted family mediation for Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. Pastor Winston's past positions include Vice-Chairman of the Jurisdictional Pastors and Elders Council, Assistant Superintendent of the Commonwealth District, Family Manager for Richmond Department of Juvenile Justice, and Co-Facilitator of The Family Life Enhancement Program. Pastor Winston has received Commendations from The Senate and House of Delegates, The Commonwealth of Virginia, and The President’s Volunteer Service Award for his dedicated and outstanding contributions to his community. He was also awarded the City of Richmond, A. Lincoln James Fatherhood & Family Service Provider of the year. Superintendent Barry L. Winston has heard and accepted God's call to establish a family-oriented Ministry that is committed to reaching the lost, restoring families, and reaching the community for Jesus Christ.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12 KJV)

Pastor Barry L. Winston, wearing a dark grey suit, and Dollnita M. Winston, wearing  and pastel pink dress stand in the concrete walkway leading to the brick and white trimmed church. The walkway is lined with green bushes and grass.
Pastor Barry L. Winston & Dollnita M. Winston

Q: What's your mission and the community you serve?

A: The Mission of ST. Mark Church of God in Christ is to Love God, The Church, the city, and the Nations.

"Growing up in foster care, Pastor Winston has used this life experience as a stepping stone to grow a successful ministry."

Q: What does community mean to you?

A: A group of people living or serving in a locality, neighborhood interacting with one another for the best outcome of the locality, neighborhood.

Q: What's the change you would like to see in Richmond?


  • More support from Richmond city for non-profits that serve communities

  • Faith-based non-profits collaborate more

  • More affordable housing

The colorful Mobile Produce Pantry Trailer is parked in front of the church to distribute food to the community.
Mobile Produce Pantry at St. Mark COGIC

Q: What do you love about Richmond?


  • Its location

  • The people

  • Opportunities

Q: How does your organization promote Understanding and Peace?


  • By listening and being helpful to others when we can.

  • By teaching conflict resolution skills

Community means, "A group of people living or serving in a locality, neighborhood interacting with one another for the best outcome of the locality, neighborhood."

Q: What values did you see in World U.P. that made you want to partner with us?

A: Passion, Commitment, Positivity, Caringness, & Dependability

Q: How can people support your mission?

A: Our mission can be supported by giving time, resources, prayers, and talent.

Q: How can people find more about you/contact you?

A: Through any of the places below!

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