Rev. Willie D. Wanzo, Sr. passed on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the age of 86 years-old. Rev. Wanzo was the pastor of one of Milwaukee’s most prominent Black churches, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church for four decades.
The church draws 500 plus for Sunday service weekly along with programs such as dishing up hot meals for those in need twice weekly. Rev. Wanzo moved to Milwaukee in 1951, arriving from his birthplace of Pine County, MS. He joined Metropolitan under the leadership of Rev. A. W. Wise, serving as a deacon, assistant Sunday School teacher and Supervisor.
Rev. Wanzo accepted his call to the ministry in 1955 and he served as assistant pastor of the church from 1955 to 1972 under the late Rev. E. M. Kelley. He was appointed interim pastor in August of 1972 and installed as pastor in August of 1973. He studied at various instititions including the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MATC. The American Baptist Institute of Chicago, The MoodyBible Institute and the Christ Church.
Rev. Wanzo was married to Gladys Wanzo for 54 years, and they were blessed with five children: Cassandra, Cathy, Regina, S.M. Sgt. (retired) Willie Wanzo, Jr. and Marcus Wanzo.
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This morning I was awakened by the sad news that Reverend Michael K. Wilson, former pastor of St. John MIssionary Baptist Church of Oceanside, CA and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of San Diego, CA went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2012.
I met Rev. Wilson many years ago when I arrived in California in 1991. He had grown up in ministry at the Calvary Baptist Church of San Diego under the ministry of the late Dr. S.M. Lockridge. When I moved to San Diego, I would run into him at various Progressive District events and we worked together in the cabinet under the leadership of Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines. I was Corresponding Secretary/General Secretary and he was Recording Secretary. He would eventually become Vice Moderator under the leadership of Dr. G.A. Williams.
He was also a friend to my wife and her family. For several years, he lived in Sacramento, CA and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Clifford W. Cheathon, Sr.
His services are pending. We certainly want to express our condolences to his family, church members, and friends.
“Earth has no sorrow, that Heaven cannot heal . . .”
Michael Keith Wilson
May 2, 1960 – November 2, 2012
Michael Keith Wilson was born May 2, 1960 in San Diego, CA to Joe Glen Wilson and the late Rubie Lee Wilson. Almost five years later, his parents brought home a baby sister, Valerie Rachele, but he wanted a brother. It didn’t take long, he changed his mind and learned to love, protect and lookout for his little sister.
Michael and his family were all members of Calvary Baptist where the late Dr. S.M. Lockridge was the pastor. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at a young age and was baptized on February 5, 1967 by Rev. Lockridge. He loved, admired and respected Dr. Lockridge for his leadership and knowledge of the Word of God.
As a young man, Michael was active in church. He was a member of the Youth and Junior Usher Board, the Youth Choir, and was a Sunday School Department Secretary. Twice as a teenager, he won the State Oratorical Contest held by the California Missionary Baptist State Convention. Continuing into his adult life, he remained active in church organizations. He held several offices in the District Association, State Convention and the State Congress. He also served as 3rd Vice Moderator for the Progressive District Baptist Association.
Michael received his primary education in the San Diego Unified School District. He attended Henry Knox Elementary, Loma Portal Elementary, Collier Junior High School and graduated from James Madison High School in June 1978. While in school, he was a member of Ozzie’s Marching Band and Madison High School Marching Band. He was a skilled musician and played several instruments. During high school he excelled in sports. He played basketball, but his greatest love was football. Michael received a scholarship to Long Beach State, where he continued to play football. He had a dream to one day play in the NFL. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with a double major in Management and Marketing.
In January 1983, Michael announced his calling to the ministry and preached his first sermon in July 1983 at the Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California where Dr. Solomon L. Drake is the pastor. He was ordained by Pastor Drake on November 7, 1984.
On June 9, 1984, Rev. Michael Wilson and Renee A. Beverly were united in Holy Matrimony in Los Angeles, CA and he became Daddy to Anthony “Tonee” P. Sherrill, II. This union was blessed with two more sons, Andre Rene Wilson and Austin Keith Wilson.
He attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA from 1985-1986, where he began his studies for his Master’s Degree. He also studied at the Golden State School of Theology in Oakland, CA and most recently Andersonville Theological Seminary online curriculum.
Rev. Wilson lived and worked in several cities. He and his family moved to Bakersfield, Los Angeles and then to Sacramento, CA. He worked as a Revenue Officer for the Internal Revenue Service. After the death of his mother, he and his family returned to San Diego. He worked as a Claims Adjuster and Supervisor in the Insurance Industry, a Council Representative for the late San Diego City Councilman George Stevens; he served as Executive Director of the Urban Housing Corporation for the San Diego Urban League. Over the years, he became very active in the community serving on numerous boards, neighborhood organizations and political groups.
In December 1994, Rev. Wilson was called to become pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego, CA. He served faithfully and proudly as Pastor for 14 years.
On January 16, 1999, Pastor Wilson and Patricia Anne Rawls were united in Holy Matrimony and he welcomed his new family members: Andre Sturkey, Cianna Sturkey and Bethany Williams. This union was blessed with one daughter, Dominique Patrice Wilson.
In January 2009, Pastor Wilson accepted his second call as pastor at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oceanside, CA. He had a great love and respect for the former pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Thomas W. Davis and Pastor Anthony C. Frazier. He served in the church and community faithfully.
In addition to his ministry, Rev. Wilson had a love for outdoor sporting activities. He loved to go fishing and just relax. His favorite experience was the annual Deer Hunting Trip in November to Seguin, TX with his father and brother-in-law. It was a great time to bond and share family time with the men in his family.
Rev. Wilson loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was dedicated to his ministry and Christian service. He was a blessed man having had tremendous experiences and relationships with many people.
On Friday, November 2, 2012, Rev. Michael Keith Wilson was called home to his resting place. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Patricia Wilson; his father, Joe G. Wilson; godmother & aunt, Rosie D. Fitzgerald; Seven children, Andre Sturkey (Kimberly), Tonee Sherrill (Rhasaan), Andre Wilson, Cianna Sturkey, Austin Wilson, Bethany Williams and Dominique Wilson; grandsons Khyri Wilson and Judah Sturkey; sister, Valerie Morris, brother-in-law, Brian Morris; nephew, Kendrick Morris, niece, Valencia Morris, god sisters & cousins, Carol Williams and Vanessa Brown and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
Reverend Michael K. Wilson was born May 2, 1960 and went home to be with the Lord on November 2, 2012.
Homegoing Services for Reverend Michael K. Wilson have been announced as follows:
Friday, November 9, 2012
Viewing – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Chapel of Preferred Cremation & Burial
6529 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92114
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Viewing – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Services begin at 11:00 a.m.
Bayview Baptist Church
Dr. Timothy J. Winters, Host Pastor
6126 Benson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Reverend James L. Moore, Pastor of the New Paradise Baptist Church, will deliver the Eulogy.
Dr. G.A. Williams, Moderator of the Progressive District Baptist Association, will be the Officiant.
Condolences may be sent to Bayview Baptist Church or Preferred Cremation & Burial.
FAX Condolences may be sent to: (619) 584-7030
Services entrusted to Preferred Cremation and Burial, San Diego, California.
CONDOLENCE BY PASTOR ROBERT EARL HOUSTON:
November 8, 2012
The Family of Reverend Michael Keith Wilson
c/o Preferred Cremation and Burial
6529 University Avenue
San Diego, California 92115
Dear Patricia Wilson, Joe Wilson, and the Wilson Family,
We are saddened to hear of the homegoing of our friend and brother, the Reverend Michael Keith Wilson. Please know that you have the prayers and spiritual support of this Pastor and Congregation.
Please allow me to call him what I called him all of the years I’ve know him, “Michael.” Michael first off was a “Lockridge Man” – he loved his pastor Dr. Lockridge. He quoted him. At times preached like him. Sometimes even talked like him. He loved his pastor. Even years after his passing, he revered him in death.
Michael was a “Churchman.” Michael loved the Lord’s church, the Lord’s worship, the Lord’s preaching, and that extended to the District, State and National. Because of his work and family obligations he was not always able to attend, but he would always call to find out how the meeting went, who preached, how they preached, throw in a quick debate, and when’s the next meeting.
I had the privilege of seeing him a few months ago when I was visiting the West Coast. He was smiling as always, talking about Church, the Conventions, etc. However, knowing that he is in the presence of the Lord gives our hearts great comfort. We sorrow in his death, but we rejoice in his new life. We mourn his passing, but we celebrate his commencement. We remember his steps on earth, but we find solace in knowing that he now walks on streets made of gold, lives in a promised mansion, and has received his crown of life.
May God bless your family and the fraternity of preachers to which Michael belonged to and held membership. I regret that I’m unable to be with you due to previous commitments here, but know that I’m praying for your strength and the preaching ministry of he who will preach words of solace and strength.
It’s All About HIM,
Pastor Robert Earl Houston