Kinzer Mark Pointer is a native of Buffalo, New York.
He grew to maturity and attended the Public Schools of Buffalo, graduating from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School. He went on to matriculate at the Canisius College of Buffalo. Where he actively participated in campus life as the official scorer for the Men’s Basketball Team, was a member of the Historical Society and of the African American Student Society. He completed classes in the All-College Honors program for History. He is a proud Golden Griffin.
At 18 years of age and as member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Buffalo he was licensed into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served for three years as the Executive Assistant to the Reverend Doctor Allen A. Stanley, President of the Empire Missionary Baptist Convention of New York, Inc. He also served 3 years as the Assistant Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church of Troy New York.
In March of 1987 he was ordained into the Ministry of the Gospel at the recommendation of his Pastor, Reverend Doctor L. T. Boyce, by an ordination council under the auspices of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, Inc. He served for seven years as the Coordinator of Parent and Community Services at the Enterprise Charter School of Buffalo, NY. In June of 2010 he organized the Agape Fellowship Baptist Church where he served as Pastor until the end of 2019 when he accepted the call to the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.
In August 2015 Pastor Pointer was tapped by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz to serve as the Chair of the reconstituted Erie County Poverty Commission. Also, in 2015 Pastor Pointer joined with Pastor George F. Nicholas and Dr. Willie Underwood III to establish the African American Health Disparities Taskforce, now called the African American Health Equity Taskforce. In 2016, he was appointed to a Volunteer Faculty position at the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he co-wrote and co-designed a new course for the Medical School Curriculum, entitled: Health In the Neighborhood. Pastor Pointer was elected to serve as the Chair of the Board of Managers of Millennium Collaborative Care in November 2017. At the conclusion of 2019, the taskforce worked with the SUNY at Buffalo to establish the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute to discover and determine processes to eliminate health disparities in Buffalo by addressing the Social Determinants of Health, Pastor Pointer is privileged to serve on the Board of the Institute.
Pastor Pointer has served in various community capacities and on community boards: Member –Board of Trustees, Erie County Medical Center Corporation; Board of Trustees, Project Flight, Inc.; Member – Board of Trustees, Coalition of Arts Providers for Children (CAPC); Member – Board of Trustees, Buffalo Inner-City Youth Fan Club for Golfing; Member – Board of Trustees, Good Schools for All (currently, Read to Succeed Buffalo); Member–Board of Trustees, Western New York Maritime Charter School; Ferry District Member–Board of Education, City of Buffalo Public Schools; President, District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC), City of Buffalo Public Schools; Member – Board of Trustees, Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc.; Chair- Erie County Poverty Advisory Commission; Member- Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS- President November 2017-Present; Member-Board of Trustees, Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative- Buffalo Taskforce; Member-Board of Managers, Childcare Resource Network; Board Member-Community Advisory Board, UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Member-Board of Trustees, UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.
Life Member-NAACP, Buffalo Chapter; Life Member-American Numismatic Association; Life Member-United Supreme Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Jurisdiction USA, Inc.; 4 Years-1st Vice President, Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, Inc.; Member-Urban Think Tank of Buffalo.
Husband of the former Alicia B. Webster and the father of Ibrahim, Sarah, Kassandra, Marcus, Krystyn, Ashle’, Harold, Alexcee’ and Jeremiah. He resides, with his family, in the University Heights neighborhood in his beloved Buffalo, NY.