Reverend Chester L. McGensy, D.D, was born and reared in Fresno, California. His wife of 33 years, Janetta, is a retired Principal after working for the Fresno Unified School District for 35 years. They have three sons, Chester Lee III, a MBA/JD graduate of The University of San Francisco, Jason Paul, a BA graduate of Pepperdine University in the field of communications/film production, and Kevin James, a graduate of Fresno Pacific University with a BA Degree/Teaching Credential. Two Daughters-in-law, Penney McGensy, married to Kevin, also, a graduate of Fresno Pacific University with a BA Degree/Teaching Credential and Amina McGensy, a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in Art History.
Rev. McGensy was a member of St. Rest Missionary Baptist Church for ten years where he served as a Vice Chairman of the Deacon Board and Chairman of the Trustee Board before being called into the Gospel ministry. He became an Associate Minister at St. Rest in 1990. On October 29, 1994, the Lord laid on Reverend McGensy’s heart to start a new church in Central/North Fresno. On December 8, 1994, two families met in his home and Family Community Church began. Family Community Church has grown to over 1400 members in the first fourteen years.
Family Community Church dedicated its 20,000 sq. ft. facility, located on just less than 20 acres of land at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Nees, on Oct. 24, 1999. The church also dedicated their new additional 12,000 sq. ft. Educational Wing on December 24, 2005.
Pastor McGensy has a heart for winning souls for Christ, a love for the City of Fresno and people around the globe. The Lord has placed a vision in his heart for a global ministry. The personal governing scriptures for this vision are: 1 Kings 9:1-9 and -
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
The Lord is fulfilling these three scriptures in the life of Pastor McGensy. The Lord has blessed Pastor McGensy to travel to many different part of the world to share his Christian faith and experiences with others. Below you will find the scope of his travels in various capacities.
ANTARCTICA / OCEANIA
Chapel Bridge/Jesuit Church
Cabo San Lucas