Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hardaway, Jr. is the Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, NY. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Pastor Hardaway officially began ministry at 16. Pastor Hardaway graduated from Canisius College (Jesuits) with a dual major, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology. He earned a Master of Ministry Degree from ATS in Georgia. He has also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree. Christ Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, also awarded him a Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honoris Causa).

His passion is preaching and teaching the word of God. He has been blessed to travel abroad and domestically preaching the gospel for 46 years.

He founded and pastored the New Creation Fellowship Ministries (Bronx/Yonkers, NY) in 2009; he also pastored Memorial Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York, for ten years, Macedonia Baptist Church in San Francisco, California, for seven years, and Macedonia Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York for seven years.

He formerly served as a Tax Examiner, Manager, and Revenue Officer for the Internal Revenue Service. When opportunity allows, he is a substitute teacher for The Buffalo Public Schools and Erie 1 BOCES. He is President of the Student Housing Board at Niagara County Community College. He also served on the Presidential Search Committee for the college.

Pastor Hardaway has a spirit that is hungry for authenticity and sincerity. To this end, I have searched for and found God in unconventional places.” He further writes, “... I see the pastor's role as one called to encourage the transformation of individuals and congregations. Suppose we are seeking the salvation of the entire world. In that case, we can begin our work by allowing God to sensitize us to the despair, heartache, poverty, selfishness, and need for God's love in Our communities and the world over. I believe the most outstanding example of a miracle that we can witness today is the transformation of selfishness into compassion and self-righteousness into empathy. God is working through our local churches to make these miracles happen.”

Pastor Hardaway is blessed to be married to Rev. Dr. Karen M. Anderson Hardaway.
Pastor Hardaway is also a loving father, stepfather, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

His favorite scripture is Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?