Dr. Porter has a history of seeing a need, stepping up, and leaning in to address it. He wants more equity in state representation.
He sees his run for State Senate as one way to accomplish this and an evolution of his call to serve.
Spouse, Karlette Porter, 27 years – Children, Tecoy Jr., Kamarion, Kara
Genesis Church Sacramento – 21 years
National Action Network Sacramento
A Fortune School dedicated to closing the African American achievement gap, names elementary school in his honor, recognizing Dr. Porter as a living, local African American community icon.
MLK Celebration Choir, Porter Brothers & Genesis Choirs
William Jessup University, School of Business, `Epic Bible College, School of Graduate Studies
Faith to Innovate: 21st Century Tools and Strategies for Leadership Transformation (2015) Inner Treasure Press, The Treasure Chest Collection Vol. 1 – Inspirational Reflections for Abundant Living (2009) Foghorn Publishing, Releasing Your Inner Treasure: 8 Kingdom Keys to Unlocking the Wealth Within You! (2008) Foghorn Publishing
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Regent University, School of Business and Leadership, Virginia Beach, VA.
CA State University Sacramento
From the United States Congress, California State Senate, California State Assembly, Sacramento City Council, and the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings, to name a few.
Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr. is a native of Minnesota, but he has established solid roots in the Meadowview area of South Sacramento since his family moved to the state’s capital in 1988. There, Dr. Porter has led Genesis Church since 1999. The leader of Sacramento’s MLK Celebration Choir, Dr. Porter envisioned a career in the gospel music industry, but a deathbed promise to his father, a prominent pastor and founder of the church, changed his life’s trajectory. He honored his father’s legacy in 2003, leading construction of the Dr. Robert Porter Family Life Center. Today, this multi-million dollar facility is a beacon of light for the community, hosting worship services, youth athletics and other outreach programs. Like many across the nation, Genesis Church felt the brunt of the economic recession of 2008. Dr. Porter prayed on it and moved into action. He literally went back to school to learn how to save the church and revitalize his congregation, earning a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership, and kept the sanctuary doors open.
Dr. Porter recently saw the construction of an elementary school on the church campus, with the capacity to serve over 400 children through a partnership with Fortune School, a network of college-prep, public charter schools with a mission to close the African American achievement gap. Tecoy Porter College Prep, a K-5 elementary school, opened in Fall 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, providing high quality distance learning to families dealing with the realities of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The school features a playground named after Stephon Clark, a young, unarmed Black man who was fatally shot in his grandmother’s backyard within view of the church in March 2018 after police officers mistook his cell phone for a gun. The school’s construction includes a passageway with a view to the home where Clark was killed. His tragic death moved Dr. Porter to form the Sacramento Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), a leading civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Like many preachers before him, Dr. Porter joined his voice with others calling for justice and change.
In December, Porter expanded his efforts statewide by standing alongside Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber as she introduced AB 392, also known as the Stephon Clark law, and sponsored a bill, authored by Assemblymember Mike Gipson calling for a ban on the carotid chokehold maneuver. This was the same technique that led to the death of another, Black man, George Floyd, in 2020. In response to Floyd’s death, Dr. Porter and the Genesis Church was called upon to host a listening session between California Governor Gavin Newsom and African American community members after protests turned violent in Sacramento. Following the meeting, Dr. Porter and Gov. Newsom held a press conference to address the protests and reaffirm California’s commitment to end systemic racism.
With Floyd’s tragic death occurring in his home state, Dr. Porter was called upon again to assist in the planning and coordinating of Floyd’s memorial service, which aired worldwide. The Porter family provided music for the Minneapolis memorial and the subsequent Commitment March on Washington in August 2020. In front of the Lincoln Memorial, they set the tone for the historic event that encouraged tens of thousands of participants to focus on improving their respective communities by exercising their right to vote and standing up for laws to end police brutality and promote social equality. It also urged them to recommit to their families.
A long-time resident of Elk Grove, family and community are important to Dr. Porter. He has been married to his church sweetheart, Karlette Porter, for 27 years. She is a barrier breaker who works for AT&T as the only woman of color to manage a Mobility Data Center in the nation. A proud alum of Southern University, a historically black university, Karlette graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with honors. Along with her role as First Lady of Genesis, Karlette also serves as Outreach Director for Genesis Church’s Feeding and Clothing Programs, helping those in need citywide. They are the proud parents of three Tecoy, Jr., Kamarion, and Kara. Dr. Porter wants what any parent desires for their children, to see them live and experience their full potential. He wants the same opportunity for your children.
Dr. Porter has a history of seeing a need, stepping up, and leaning in, to address it. He wants more equity in state representation. He sees his run for State Senate as one way to accomplish this and an evolution of his call to serve.