Reverend Luther C. Wyatt went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2016 in Vacaville, California.
Reverend Wyatt organized the Living Water Baptist Church of Suisun, California in 1997. The membership grew rapidly and moved later to Fairfield, California. The Church was an active member of the Progressive District Association, California State Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention. Later they purchased a church building in Vacaville, California.
He especially loved encouraging the young people to give God their all, often telling them that serving the Lord would pay off. Many of the youth graduated from high school and went on to college obtaining various degrees in numerous fields. He served faithfully as Pastor until health challenges prevented him from fulfilling his full duties as Pastor. He retired in 2010.
Please pray for his wife, Jerry Wyatt, and the Wyatt family.
Services will be on January 9, 2016 at the
Mt Calvary Baptist Church
Dr. C. Lea, Jr, Pastor
1735 Enterprise Dr. #3
Fairfield, California 94533
(information submitted by the Wyatt Family)
Dr. James Clarence Edward Faulkner, Pastor Emeritus of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon has entered into the promise of Eternal Life on Sunday, November 16, 2015 after a long illness.
Dr. Faulkner served as the Dean and President of the Portland District Sunday School, BTU and Ushers Congress, Vice Moderator of the Union District Baptist Association and served in several capacities in the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest. He also preached at the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
Particularly, Dr. Faulkner was noted for his teaching abilities. He was a tremendous Bible teacher and served the St. Paul church for well over 35 years as their Pastor. His theme for his ministry at St. Paul was “Do as the Spirit says do.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: It was my privilege to have preached for Pastor Faulkner on several occasions during my teenage years and in my twenties. He would not only allow you to preach, but he also gave you a critique of your preaching – even if it were painful. I will never forget a conversation we had after I had moved from Portland, and how encouraging he was and expressed his pride in how the Lord had used me. He was the chief catechizer for the ordination of Rev. Walter M. Brown, Jr. and myself.
Dr. Faulkner, a native of a small town, Uno, Kentucky, came to Portland in the early 1970s due to his insurance executive position. He shortly united with the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. O.B. Williams. He was called to St. Paul in 1975 and it became a beacon in the North Portland area and a training ground for believers.
He was especially fond of mentoring young preachers many of whom went on to pastoral, teaching and preaching ministries. He became a pastor to several pastors and ministers throughout the years.
Services are scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church, 3138 North Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon, Dr. Matt Hennessee, Pastor, at 10:00 a.m. (PST) A private family-only visitation will be on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) at Terry Family Funeral Home. A public visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) at the funeral home.
Dr. Willie T. Snead, Sr., B.S., Mace, M.Div., D.D., D. Lit., President Emeritus of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2015 after a brief illness in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Snead was the founder and pastor of the Greater Temple of God Christian Fellowship for almost 50 years. He was one of a handful of pastors in the history of California that held three leadership positions in three levels – Moderator of the Pacific Missionary Baptist District Association, President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention and National President.
For years he hosted a Radio Broadcast in the Los Angeles area and preached throughout the United States.
He established the church in July 1967. His church growth program and radio broadcast “Faith To Live By” added many souls to the Lord, and touched thousands of lives throughout Los Angeles and nearby communities.
He held a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California Baptist University in Riverside, California; a master of divinity degree and master of arts degree in Christian Education from Golden Gate Theological Seminary – Mill Valley, California. Recipient of Doctorate Degree, Reed Christian College – Western Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California. Recipient of Doctor of Letters in Religion, St. Stephens Educational Bible College – Los Angeles, California. Recipient of Doctor of Humane Letters, Liberty Baptist College – Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Dr. Snead accepted Christ at the age of nine. You can find his name in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 1989-90. He also holds such titles as Pastor of the Year, Moderator of the Year, Religious Broadcast of the Year (two consecutive years) from the ACC News Pauline Awards. Numerous commendations from government officials, to name a few Governor of California, California State Congress, California State Assembly, City of Los Angeles Councilmen, County of Los Angeles Supervisors.
Dr. Snead is a lifetime member of the NAACP Los Angeles (Watts) Chapter. former Board Member of Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC). former Vice Chairman Board of Directors – Southern California Affiliate of CNBC. COPS – Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; Police Booster Club; former Ambassador for The Union Rescue Mission. Former Co-Chairman for the California Committee for Environmental Justice (went on Environmental Justice fact finding mission to Louisiana with Vice President Al Gore’s team).
Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, has forwarded the following information:
“Services for Dr. W.T. Snead, Sr., Former President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, our friend and brother, have been announced as follows:
Local Homegoing Services:
Monday, November 23, 2015:
(Services held at Greater Temple of God Christian Fellowship,
Greater Temple of God, 1404 East Firestone Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90013. Church Phone: (323) 582-7344)
Dr. Snead’s Body will lie in state, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PST)
Services begin at 7:00 p.m. and are under the direction of the Pacific Missionary Baptist District Association, Dr. Rodney Howard, Moderator and the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, President.
TUESDAY, November 24, 2015:
(Services held at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 4269 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90037, Dr. Melvin Von Wade, Sr., Pastor. Church Phone: (323) 846-1950)
Dr. Snead’s Body will lie in state, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (PST)
The NATIONAL HOMEGOING SERVICE for Dr. W.T. Snead, Sr. will begin at 10:00 a.m. His son, Rev. W. Terrell Snead, II, pastor of the Worship Center Community Church, will deliver the eulogy.
A special Hotel Room block has been created. If anyone wants a standard room it will be $99.00at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Telephone: (310) 642-1111. Deadline to make reservations for this special rate is Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
When calling, please identify yourself as making a reservation under the Dr Snead Room Block to receive the special rate.”
Please watch this page, any updated information will be posted here.
CHICAGO, IL – Apostle Richard D. Henton, who for years was one of the pioneers of African-Americans on Christian Television, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 22, 2015. He was in ministry for 66 years and pastored over 50 years. The Monument of Faith Church under his leadership grew to 5,000 on roll.
As of this writing, services are pending.
Homegoing Announcement from his website: www.rdhenton.org:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Apostle R.D. Henton on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
He was an amazing pastor and friend and he will be incredibly missed by us all.
Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family and friends.
No one can prepare for a loss; it comes like a swift wind.
However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord.
Bio from his website:
Called into the ministry in 1948 on December 14th, Apostle Richard D. Henton has become one of the most prolific speakers of our day. He has been in ministry for sixty-six (66) years and has been a pastor for fifty (50) of those years. With an approximate membership of close to five thousand (5,000), Dr. Henton is also the founder of the R. D. Henton Breakthrough Ministries and is the executive producer of the Breakthrough Telecast. This weekly program has aired on systems throughout the world such as The Word Network, The Total Living Network, WJYS/TV 62 and WEDE TV34.
The R.D. Henton Breakthrough ministry has an extensive media library of well over 6,000 audio, video, CD and DVD’s, which are a vast extension of his outreach ministry that reaches the world.
Even though Dr. Henton is a faithful pastor, he is known to many as their “TV Evangelist” and has ministered at various conferences, convocations, conventions and mass meetings for many decades in several major cities throughout America. He has been the keynote speaker for many ministries: “The Promise Keepers”, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Azusa with Bishop Carlton Pearson, Morris Cerrullo, Bishop O. T. Jones, Sr., Rev. R.W. Shambach, and The late Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, Bishop Charles Blake, Moore House, Church of God In Christ AIM Convention and many others.
Dr. Henton has held special services in the city where he was born and raised and still lives (Chicago) with turn-away crowds after 10,000 seats were filled at the U.I.C. Pavilion.
Dr. Henton has three Doctorate of Divinity degrees and has been the recipient of numerous certificates of merit, letters from the presidents, given key to many cities by their mayors, and honored by congressman and dignitaries alike. He was the recipient of two very special awards in Chicago. (N’Digo Foundation Recipient of N’Faith Award) and (Former Mayor Richard M. Daley presented Him the Luminary Senior Citizen Hall of Faith Award).
Monument of Faith Breakthrough World Ministries is in the second phase of building a five-thousand (5,000) seating facility on the close to 14 acres of land that the ministry was blessed to purchase in the city of Chicago.
Dr. Richard D. Henton is a family man and is the father of four children that are working faithfully with him in the ministry. Although he is abundantly blessed, he remains a most humble servant of the Lord, a true servant for this generation.
Rev. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., Beloved Pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, Dies at Age 85
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ (from http://www.Tapinto.net) — Scotch Plains/Fanwood is mourning the passing of Dr. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, who died late Friday at age 85.
The eldest son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Kelmo C. Porter, Sr., was born and raised in Jersey City, where he attended public school. He earned his B.S. degree in religion and Christian education from New York University, where he also earned his M.A. degree in religion and anthropology. He later received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Trinity Hall College and Seminary in Springfield, Illinois.
Rev. Porter served as the pastor of the Trinity Temple Church of God In Christ, in Montclair, from early 1954 to 1963. From late 1963 through 1964 he served as the Pastor of the First Church of God in Christ in Newark, where he also was the executive director of the Newark Senior citizens commission’s “Golden Age Project” for nearly a quarter century.
In August 1966, he became pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave.) in Scotch Plains, where he served his congregation for nearly 50 years.
Our church, a Christian church, according to the point of view traditionally held by Baptists, is a company of regenerated persons baptized in profession of faith in Christ Jesus, united in covenant for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for worship, instruction, the observance of Christian ordinances, and service as the gospel of Christ requires.
— Bishop Dr. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., Senior Pastor
“I am deeply saddened on the passing of my dear friend, Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr. the spiritual leader of Saint John’s Baptist Church since 1966, and our community as well,” said Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, a longtime family friend.
“Pastor Porter was a kindred spirit having ministered for over 60 years. He was a founding father of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Ministerium that continues today to influence goodwill bringing together persons of all faiths and ethnic groups, providing support for those in need,” Glover added. “To his family and to the St. John’s congregation, please know that we will always keep him and you in our hearts and prayers. On behalf of the entire community, let me extend to his loving family our deepest sympathy.”
Recently, the Scotch Plains Council and Mayor Glover authorized a street sign in honor of Rev. Porter that will be placed near St. John’s Baptist Church.
“Reverend Porter was an icon of the community,” said Dr. James Checchio, whose father, former Mayor Mauro Checchio was part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the church. “My dad always felt comfortable at St. John’s because of Rev. Porter. He felt everyone was accepted there. The ties between the black community and the Italian American community in town became stronger because of Rev. Porter.”
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr also expressed sorrow at the passing of her friend.
“Reverend Porter was a tremendous presence in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. His booming voice commanded respect, admiration and a tremendous flock of followers, which I was proud to be one of,” said Mayor Mahr. “For the last 12 years, I have enjoyed being in his presence and was in awe of his talent to move people both spirituality and socially. I want to extend my condolences to his family and congregation, yet celebrate a life well lived. He left a deep imprint on all of us.”
Rev. Porter was married to the former Shirley Green of Jersey City, NJ, for more than a half century. They are survived by three children; Curtis, Lance, Lisa, and grandchildren, Taralauryn, Danielle and Lance II.
HOME GOING CELEBRATION FOR PASTOR Rod Dillon will be held October 24th, 2015 at 11 am at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ontario, CA 91762, Pastor Brian Kennedy.
Pastor Dillon was the pastor of the Community Missionary Baptist Church of Monrovia, California.
If you would like to serve as a choir member, greeter, parking attendant, food preparer or server for this celebration, please inbox Pastor (Ellis Dillon ) with contact information and the area of which you would like to serve. You may also help the family by going to the Go Fund Me link on Pastor Dillon’s news feed @ (Edward Orlando Dillon) to contribute.
Your prayers, support and kindness during this time is greatly appreciated.
December 16, 1920 – October 9, 2015
Reverend Malachi C. Duncan, 94, of 692 Bailey Road Union, SC entered eternal rest Friday morning, October 9, 2015 at his residence. A native of Buffalo in Union County, SC, he was the widower of Jessie Mae Stewart Duncan and son of the late Reverend Allen D. Duncan, Sr. and Lucy Robinson Duncan.
He was preceded in death by his ten siblings, Charlie Duncan, Annie Bell Wright, Ezra Duncan, Rev. Robert Duncan, Rev. Allen Duncan, Jr., Elnora Kennedy, Titus Duncan, Rev. Aubrey Duncan, Rev. Lawrence Duncan, and James Duncan. He leaves a legacy of love and devoted service to his beloved family: one son, Melvin Carl (Patricia) Duncan; three daughters, Doris Duncan (Joseph) Davis, Barbara Duncan Christie, and Harriett Duncan (the late Edward) Harris; six grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Reverend Duncan’s preparation for life’s vocation was clearly influenced by his father’s preaching and his mother’s singing. The effect of such influence served as a fountain for his deep abiding faith, his constant and secret life of communion with God. An army veteran having served three years, Reverend Duncan assisted the chaplain in the Armed Forces by reading and writing letters for his army buddies. He became known as “The Preacher” of his company. He accepted the call to the gospel ministry in 1944 and was licensed to preach at the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church, Union, SC, by the Reverend A. A. Townsend in 1946. Reverend Duncan accepted his first pastorate in 1947, serving at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chester, SC. Reverend Duncan graduated from Sims High School in Union, SC. He attended Benedict College from 1947-1951 and earned the AB Degree. In 1952 he received the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from J.J. Starks School of Theology at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He also attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC and USC-Columbia. After completing his degree at Benedict College, he taught social studies at Sims High School and Sims Jr. High for twenty years (1960-1981). He was blessed and privileged to pastor several churches in SC and NC, which included, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Leeds, SC, Old Wilson Baptist Church, Chester, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Orangeburg, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Winnsboro, White Plains Baptist Church, Laurens, SC, Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Gaffney, SC, New Ellis Chapel Baptist Church, Shelby, NC, New Trinity Baptist Church, Wellford, SC, Long Branch Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, and Foster Baptist Church, Roebuck, SC. He retired from Old Beaverdam, Newberry, SC after serving twelve years. Reverend Duncan’s affiliations were many: Masonic Lodge #34, Union, SC; lifetime member of NAACP, member of United Ministers for Christ, SC; Fellowship Ministers Association, Union, SC; member of the National Baptist Convention of America: Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of SC; and past Moderator of the Tyger River Baptist Association of Spartanburg, SC. He received the SC House of Representatives Living Legend Award in 2008.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Saint Luke Baptist Church, 718 Lukesville Road, Buffalo, SC. Burial with military honors will follow in the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, 1447 Meansville Road, Union, SC. The family will receive friends at the Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, 361 Meansville, Union, SC from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.michaelaglennfh.com. The Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home is serving the family.
The Rev. Beresford Bailey, a Baptist pastor who brought to the embattled neighborhood of West Hill spiritual sustenance and a dose of hopefulness delivered in a lilting Jamaican accent, died Monday at his Colonie home after an extended struggle with dementia. He was 86.
Bailey came to Albany in 1970 to take a job as executive director of Camp Opportunities, located at Lawson Lake in Feura Bush. He held the post for 39 years and introduced two generations of inner-city young people to the pleasures of the outdoors in rural Albany County.
In 1982, Beresford founded the Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church on Clinton Avenue in West Hill. He retired from the pulpit in June and was honored with a resolution by the Common Council, among several honors for his community activism.