Pastor Craig S. Pickett Sr.
Pastor Craig S. Pickett, Sr. is the son of Mr. Aaron and Esther Pickett. He earned his undergraduate degree from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC and his Master's Degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. While at Shaw University, he attended Upper Room Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of the Late Superintendent James Turner. Under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Turner, he dedicated his life to Christ.
After graduating from Shaw University, Pastor Pickett served eleven years in the United States Army Corps of Engineer as a Military Officer. He served three years as a Platoon Leader and a Company Executive Officer in Panama City, Panama. He transferred to Fort Leonardwood, Missouri where he served as a Company Commander and a Battalion Operation Officer. Pastor Pickett served his final assignment at Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Professor of Military Science for four years teaching Army ROTC to college cadets at both Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University.
In 1996, he ended his military career and moved his family to Charlotte, NC. He continued serving in Federal Government as a Project Supervisor for the Department of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Office for twelve years. He supervised multiple research projects in five states for the Department of Justice, the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce.
Being led by God, he and his family joined New Bethel Church of God in Christ. Pastor Pickett served faithfully for eleven years holding several positions in the church to include Director of the Audio Video Ministry, Director of the Marriage Ministry, Director of Altar Workers Ministry, member of the Ministers and Elders Council and Overseer of the Beautification Ministry. While working in the ministry, he accepted his call to Pastor.
In 2008, after much fasting and praying, Pastor Pickett was led by God to start Breakthrough Ministries Church of God in Christ in Concord. The Lord has continued to blessed Breakthrough Ministries (BTM) to grow and reach souls for the Kingdom of God. In 2012, the Department of Commerce closed six of the twelve regions in the US to include the Charlotte Regional Office. Pastor Pickett was given the opportunity to relocate to any other region in the US. Instead, he sought the leading of the Lord and remained in ministry.
The Lord has proven to be faithful and has blessed Pastor Pickett’s endeavors. Breakthrough Ministries has developed into a thriving ministry. In 2015, BTM purchased a new worship facility with four parcels of land. The ministry has launched classes for new converts and new members to empower individuals to exercise their God given talent in ministry.
God has instilled in Pastor Pickett a compassion for the people of God. He has a desire to see individuals grow to their God given potentials. It is a love for people that compels Pastor Pickett to encourage, empower and challenge individuals to trust God with their whole heart. It is with the love of Christ, that he encourages believers to walk by faith and not by sight. He has an earnest desire for individuals to allow God to perfect that which He has begun in them.
Pastor Craig Pickett is married to the lovely Patricia Pickett and from this union three sons were born Cedric A. Pickett, Craig Pickett, Jr. and Minister Jonathan Omar Pickett.