Virgil S. Childs

Vice President for Black Ministries

Elder Childs is vice president, director, and liaison for 65 Black churches throughout the Pacific Union. Childs became the eighth departmental director in 2016. From 1987 to 2016, his tenure in the Northern California Conference included roles as assistant pastor and senior pastor and as director of African American ministries, inner-city ministries, men’s ministries, and prison ministries.

Childs is an active member of the Oakland Faith Advisory Council. He has been the recipient of several community awards, including Pastor of the Year presented by One Thousand Mothers Against Violence, an organization based in Oakland, Calif. He has conducted numerous prophecy seminars, evangelistic meetings, and conflict resolution workshops. With degrees in theology and higher education administration from Oakwood College and Andrews University, respectively, Childs is currently completing doctoral degrees in biblical conflict resolution and social justice.

He is married to Patricia Woods-Childs and has three adult children and four grandchildren, who help to keep his life balanced.