Rev. Frank Hawkins was born to Mr. Ivan Kelly and Ms. Ella Louise Hawkins on June 30, 1964. Rev. Hawkins grew up in Greater Central Baptist Church under the greatest influence and Christian role model of his life, his grandmother, Mother. Ella Hawkins. For, it was his grandmother who started him on his Christian journey. Mother Hawkins would take Rev. Hawkins along with her as she attended to her Missionary duties of visiting the sick, feeding the hungry and attending prayer and baptismal services faithfully. It is this experience that his grandmother shared with him, to which he owes to her his deepest gratitude.
Rev. Hawkins is a man who has a genuine love for his family. He is a committed husband and dedicated father to his children. On May 2, 1987, he married Rosemary Allen. It is through this union of love that they have three beautiful daughters, Jasmine , Ashley and Brianna . He is employed with NYC Transit.
In 1974 Rev. Hawkins was baptized by Rev. Peter L. Mouzon; but, his conversion did not take place until October 1983. During his discipleship at Greater Central Rev. Hawkins has been a member of the Sunday Schoo , B.T.U., Jr., Intermediate & Young Adult Usher’s, and Brotherhood Ministry. Rev. Hawkins has served as president of the Brotherhood Ministry from 1995 until 2000.
October 30, 1988 Rev. Hawkins was ordained a Deacon by Rev. Elbert Monroe. For fifteen years he served as Vice-Chairman of the Deacon’s Ministry. As a Deacon, he has served as the Advisor for The Youth Ministry, Community Outreach, Evangelistic Chorus, and Gospel Ensemble. He has also served as Chairman of the Tape Ministry as well as various other committees, including Chairman of the Pastoral Search Committee.
If there is one word that can be used to describe Rev. Hawkins, it would be “Faithful”. It is what God requires of us all. It is through his faithfulness, that God was able and continues to use him for his glory. It is through his faithfulness, that God has spoken to him and has said, I require of you an extended path. God spoke to him, on two separate occasions and said I need you to preach My Word, and he said, “I hear you Lord”. But, it was on that third occasion in November 2006, that God called on Rev. Hawkins and said, “Preach My Word”. It was then, that he answered the call and said, “Yes Lord, Here I am Lord, send me”. On March 29, 2009 Rev. Hawkins was licensed to Preach the Gospel by Rev. Terry L. Baker
While Rev. Hawkins has demonstrated a great love for his church family, his Christian service extends beyond the walls of Greater Central. In 1997 he became a member of the Laymen’s Ministry of the United Missionary Baptist Association, which he served as secretary and later 2nd Vice President from 2000-2004. Rev. Hawkins currently is a member of the John L. Scott Associate Ministers Auxiliary of UMBA. He also holds membership with the Baptist Minister’s Evening Conference of the Bronx, NYC & Vicinity, Inc.
Rev. Hawkins educational credentials include, a graduated from Murry Bergtruam High School, College of Insurance and BMCC. He has also attended the NY Baptist Educational Center Inc. He is currently enrolled at New York Theological Seminary and will receive a Certificate in Christian Ministry in May 2013.
Rev. Hawkins feels the greatest education of his life has been spent in the company of wise men. (He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Proverbs 13:20). Among the greatest influential men of his life, he counts Rev. Peter L. Mouzon, Rev. Richard Phillips, Rev. Elbert Monroe, Rev. Hudson Green, Rev. Willie Tucker, Rev. Rufus Myers, Dea. Luther Wright, Dea. Archie Anthony and the entire Deacon’s Ministry as a great blessing in his life.
Rev. Hawkins’ favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. (Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.). His Favorite song is, “Yes, God is Real. And his motto is, “Whatever I can do to help God’s program go forth, I’m willing”.
2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2