Dr. Julianna Hynes (“Dr. J” as she’s affectionately called at her home church), serves under the leadership of Pastor Kirkland A. Smith, Senior Pastor and First Lady Qwivander Smith, at Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, in Antioch, CA. She, her husband, Deacon Bakari Akil and their family, together with their pastor’s family and about 50 others, are proud charter members of Grace, supporting their pastor and his vision since 2003. Dr. J has served in several ministries including Sunday School, teaching from nursery age up to adults, the Women’s Ministry, and the girl’s mentoring ministry, Heart2Heart.
As a business owner and executive coach, Dr. J works with leaders at various levels throughout the organization in industries such as Healthcare, Technology and mission-driven non-profits. She especially enjoys helping women, emerging leaders and leaders of color to become more effective in their current roles while at the same time, preparing them for their next opportunities. She’s also very skilled at facilitating strategic planning retreats for her non-profit clients. Dr. J earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, where she studied Success Strategies of Black Women Leaders.
Dr. J resides in Pittsburg, California with her husband of 21 years, Dec. Bakari Akil. They have a blended family that includes their youngest daughter and son, ages 14 and 18 respectively, their adult sons, ages 25 and 35, and their oldest daughter, who went home to be with the Lord in 2014. Dr. J has learned, through life’s trials and experiences, how to live her life on purpose with purpose and she enjoys teaching and supporting others in doing the same.