I woke up this morning to the sad news that one of my colleagues in the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. had made her transition from death unto life – Dr. Brenda J. Little.
Dr. Little was one of the trailblazers in her area in ministry and she was the first female pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church, Evanston, Illinois. Her arrangements are as follows, produced by her family and the Bethany Baptist Church:
It is with bittersweet joy, we announce the passing of Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Little, Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church of Christ in Evanston, Illinois. She passed on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 after a valiant battle with cancer. A two-day public celebration in honor of her life, ministry and legacy is scheduled as follows:
Friday, January 4, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bethany Baptist Church of Christ
1225 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Friday, January 4, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Musical Commendation and Loving Tributes
Second Baptist Church
1717 Benson Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Visitation (9 a.m.) and Home-Going Service (10 a.m.)
Northwestern University, Alice Miller Chapel
1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you send gifts to Pastor Little’s selected organizations, in her memory: Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, United Negro College Fund and/or the American Cancer Society.
This is from Dr. Little’s church website:
The African-American Pulpit Winter Quarter issue features revivalists of the decades. Featured in the 1951-1980 Modern Revivalists is one woman among eight men: Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Little.
Dr. Little is a modern-day preaching trailblazer just as Jarena Lee was (1783-1849?). Her sermon is being featured in the journal, along with twelve other sermons by great revivalists. For Baptist women, this is history in the making among African-Americans. Dr. Little was the first woman to be ordained in the historic Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois. She was the first woman to become full time Assistant Pastor to Second Baptist Church. Rev. Little also trail blazed in the area of chaplaincy. She was the first African-American female to be Chaplain in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital System. She also made history in being the first African-American woman to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In June of 2006 after successfully completing 5 years of rigorous study, Pastor Little obtained the long deserved recognition of Doctor of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.