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Daily Archives: May 30th, 2013

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., Baltimore, MD

From the Baltimore Sun Newspaper:

The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr., senior pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church whose Sunday preaching on the radio brought him an audience beyond his congregation of 5,000 members, died early Thursday of cancer at his daughter’s Bowie home. He was 76.

Dr. Carter preached many revivals and had appeared with the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Family members said that Dr. Carter stopped preaching on Sunday mornings on WBAL-Radio earlier this spring. He had been on the radio for decades and for many years spoke on Sunday evenings.

Born in Selma, Ala., he was the son of Dr. Nathan M. Carter, a well-known professor of Old Testament studies. He attended Crozer Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Roland Park.

Dr. Carter moved to Baltimore in 1965, when he became pastor of the New Shiloh congregation, which then worshiped at Fremont Avenue and Lanvale Street. The church had about 800 members.

He was active in civil rights issues in the 1960s. In 1968, he was a local coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement that rallied support for African-American causes. He also wrote “The Prayer Tradition of Black People,” published in 1976.

His son, Dr. Harold A. Carter Jr., now leads the congregation, which is housed in a church at 2100 N. Monroe St. The complex that the Carters established includes senior citizens housing, a theological institute, a music school and a children’s center.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings issued a statement saying his “heart is heavy” as he learned of the passing of Dr. Carter.

“Pastor Carter was a true friend and mentor who blessed my life in countless ways. I often turned to him when I was facing difficult decisions, and he provided the wise counsel of a spiritual father,” Mr. Cummings said.

“Dr. Carter was a man of God. As a pastor, an author and a community leader, he built a strong ministry rooted in Christian faith and embodying the principles of civil rights and justice that were instilled in him in his youth.”

His wife of 48 years, Dr. Weptanomah Bermuda Washington Carter, died in 2006. In addition to his son, survivors also include a daughter, Weptanomah Carter Davis of Bowie; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Marian, Blanche and Dorothy.

Funeral arrangements are being planned at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home.

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Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Stacey Frazier, Winston-Salem, NC

From the Winston-Salem Journal

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA – The Rev. Stacey Frazier, pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, died Tuesday of natural causes.

He was 36 and had served as pastor of Friendship for six years.

“He was a dedicated servant of the Lord,” said Patricia Frazier, his mother. “He was willing to help anyone at any time.”

Frazier started preaching when he was 10, said his mother and the Rev. Cardes Brown, the pastor at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro.

Brown said he was skeptical when the young Frazier first told him that he was called by God to preach, but soon realized that Frazier was committed to serving the Lord. Before coming to Friendship, Frazier served as an associate pastor at New Light.

“He did more in the short life than most people would do if they lived to be 100 years old,” said Brown, who will deliver the eulogy at Frazier’s funeral on Saturday. “I was proud of him. He was like a son to me.”

Frazier, who suffered from sickle-cell anemia, realized that he might live a short life, Brown said. Sickle cell is a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.

“He handled that extremely well,” Brown said.

Frazier graduated from Dudley High School in Greensboro and Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he received a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy, according to his biography on the Friendship’s website. Frazier also studied at the Duke University Divinity School and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Frazier received a doctorate in divinity at Apex School of Theology in Durham.

Frazier was the youngest person to be inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Hoard of Preachers at Morehouse College, according to his biography. He also had worked as a White House intern in the Clinton administration and was on the staff of former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller.

“He will be sorely missed,” Brown said.

Sympathy Announcement (2013-05-29)

Tomorrow . . .

by Robert Earl Houston

SurgeryIn the morning, I will be in the hands of the medical community as I go through a surgical procedure that will, we pray, remove the traces of melanoma (cancer) from my body.

This has been a whirlwind of a month. In the matter of hours, I’ve had to make some decisions, make some moves, do extensive planning, in order to deal with this infirmity. It has had collateral effects upon my wife, my family, my extended families – First Baptist Church (Frankfort), Westwood Baptist Church, University Center (Nashville), and my network of colleagues, hometown friends in Portland, and those who I have ministered to across the country – especially in Portland, Fresno, and San Diego.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, phone calls, prayers – especially the prayers. A pastor called me from Macon, Georgia yesterday and said, “Pastor Houston, you don’t know me, but I know you through the years from the internet and your blog. I just called to encourage you and to have prayer with you for your healing and restoration.”  As he prayed, the tears rolled down my face and I told the Lord thank you placing me upon his heart.

So tomorrow is the big day. Barring any complications, the doctor’s plan is to excise an amount of skin, down to the fat layers of skin, about an inch or so in diameter, where the original cancerous cells were discovered. Then she will graft skin from my torso into that area, requiring sutures in both areas. The skin removed will then be processed in the pathology lab to see if the melanoma is just superficial (best case scenario) or if it is further in and deeper down (worst case scenario).

We are praying that it has been caught soon enough to be limited to a superficial exposure. If it is further,  then the possibility of (very worst case scenario) of spreading to bone or lymph nodes. However, my doctor is very optimistic that this is not the case.

IMG_1956Today the phone has already been ringing off the hook. Received calls from the surgeon’s office, the hospital pre-admission staff, the nursing staff, and the anesthesiologist’s staff. Yes, I truly have a medical team!

I’ve tried to be transparent in this process to help us as a people. I am a man of faith, live my life by faith, give by faith, preach by faith – and my faith teaches me that trials and tribulations may affect me but they won’t disturb my faith in God. If my transparency can encourage someone else, then God gets the glory, not I. I’ve been encouraged by watching the example of ministers who were going through their season of illness and by their stance of faith, it is like a rewind button, and I hear their voices in my ear – Dr. Melvin Von Wade, Sr., Dr. Hayward Wiggins, Dr. O.B. Williams, Dr. T.L. Lewis, Dr. E.K. Bailey, Dr. Charles Booth, Bishop Rudolph McKissic, Jr. – whether recent or some years ago, I remember that the attack upon the body did not diminish or decay their preaching.

I’m even looking forward to my return to the pulpit. Obviously that date has yet to be established but I am thankful for the leadership of First Baptist Church – Dea. Alonzo McCoy (Deacons), Bro. Gus Ridgel (Trustees), Rev. Anna Jones (Assistant to the Pastor), Sis. Pat Ross (Secretary), Ministers Timothy Taylor and Pamela Lawson-Black (Lead Associate Ministers), and others who are committed to doing the work of the Lord and holding things together until my return. As I said Sunday, when a pastor is ill and going to be out of the pulpit for hours or weeks, it is not a “church holiday” – all hands have to be on deck to continue the mission of the Lord.

Tomorrow is now less than 24 hours away. I’m asking you to pray for me, my wife, my church family, and my medical team. I’ll blog when I can . . . and in the words of the song, “There will be glory after this . . .”

Your comments are welcomed . . .

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. James Turner, Nashville, Tennessee

From the Nashville Tennessean Newspaper

The Rev. James Turner Sr., longtime pastor of New Hope Baptist Missionary Church in Nashville, died Monday.

Turner, who was 71, was a former moderator of the Nashville City Missionary Baptist District Association, a former vice president of the Baptist State Convention of Tennessee National Baptist Convention of America Inc., and a longtime member of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship.

He has been pastor at New Hope since 1972.

The Rev. Enoch Fuzz of Corinthian Baptist Church was a classmate of Turner’s at American Baptist College. He said Turner was great preacher and good friend.

“He was like an older brother to many of us,” he said. “Rev. Turner is one of those unseen heroes who helped innumerable people to navigate through life’s trials to become successful American citizens.”

Turner had been hospitalized with heart trouble, said the Rev. George Brooks of Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. Brooks said he visited with Turner’s wife Donzetta last night, and a few hours later got the call that his friend had died.

Brooks said Turner had been active volunteer with National Baptist Convention of America Inc. at its annual meeting and had befriended pastors from around the country.

“He was a great soul,” said Brooks. “Turner will be missed.”

Details about his funeral and visitation are pending.

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by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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