Apostle City Founders
Rich Kinney - Founder, CEO
I’m a native Californian, born at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, and raised Military. My wife, Jasmine, and I have been married 36 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. We also were foster parents for 4 children through the years.
After graduation from College I worked in Insurance, managed various businesses in the Bay Area and was a business owner for almost 4 years. After experiencing a personal calling from God I entered Bible School and eventually came to San Pablo to Pastor an inner-city Church.
We ministered to attendees, the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, sex workers, etc. but primarily our focus was the children in San Pablo, Richmond and North Richmond.
Our initial work was setting up Saturday mornings outside of drug-ridden apartment complexes around the City with clothes give-aways, a portable kitchen to serve hot pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate, coffee, orange juice and pastries. Each location became a bus stop for picking up the children and their parents that were interested in coming to our meetings.
I started a Children’s Choir, drove a donated 32 passenger bus to take the children and youth camping at a Lake in the summers and to play in the snow in the winters every year. At the same time I enjoyed serving as a police Chaplain, community college and high school Basketball assistant Coach, organizing citywide activities with local Churches and other events for the community.
All this led to me getting elected to City Council in 2012 and serving as Mayor in 2016 and again in 2019. I chose to step away from Pastoring in 2013 to focus on serving our community from the Council and as a substitute teacher in the local school district.
Apostle City Ministries is a redefining, a reorganizing, and a refocusing of a culmination of the past 20 years of my service in the community – all this for a greater effectiveness in making our community a better place to live for everyone who chooses to call San Pablo home.
I’m currently a Board Member of the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation, Board Member for the San Pablo Rotary and will serve as their President in July 2020, and Assistant to the California National Day of Prayer Taskforce. In addition, I also teach Public Speaking to Youth and Adults, and am currently writing a book of my experiences.
Basil Neil Hicks - Founder, Pastor, First Nations People
My wife Kasanita, and I are Pacific Islanders of Samoan and Fijian Descent. We have a passion to work with our brothers and sisters of the Native American Community.
I have had the privilege of living on the reservation at Round Valley (Covelo), in Northern California. Round Valley consists of seven tribes, six of which are the descendants of tribes that were forcefully displaced from other areas of the west coast. Round Valley, like every other Reservation, has its share of alcoholism, suicide and hopelessness, because of the atrocities perpetrated against the Native American people.
Our goal as Cultural People, is to implement programs that integrate Native American dances and traditional values to build relational bridges holistically – spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
We live on the reservation because it is crucial to developing trust and relationships. We plan on implementing “life skills” programs for the children and young adults and also support families through the distribution of much needed necessities. Our goal is to embrace all age levels of the community.
We also travel to neighboring reservations building bridges of hope.
I have traveled and ministered in different cultural groups and have come to see the need for instilling hope, identity and value through each distinctive people group culture.
I can be supported through your donations to Apostle City Ministries. Please consider your donation.