From the Post-Trib.com:
GARY, INDIANA – Reverend Clarence E. Baity was born on May 10th 1934 to William Everett Baity and Roberta Munn Baity, in Poinsett, Arkansas. Pastor Baity traded his earthly clothes for his Heavenly robe on August 6th, 2013.
After High School graduation in Arkansas, Reverend Baity came to Gary, Indiana where he worked at Dumaska Poultry Factory, after which he was employed and retired from U.S. Steel Corp with over 30 years of service. Reverend Clarence Baity and Edna Evans were wed in holy matrimony on October 13, 1957 and were lovingly dedicated to each other for over 50 years.
Unto the union six children were born. Reverend Baity accepted Christ at an early age and joined Christian Valley Baptist Church (Rev. C.H. Taylor Pastor), where he sang in the choir and preached his first sermon. He was called to ministry in 1957, licensed in June 1962 and ordained at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on November 30, 1965. In 1963 Reverend Baity joined Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church. In 1967 he became and served faithfully as Pastor until his transition on August 6th.
His open pulpit philosophy gave a platform to young and upcoming ministers throughout the United States. Pastor Baity had a multitude of accomplishments and achievements including but not limited to: A Bachelor of Theology Degree from the Indiana Christian Bible College and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree; Treasurer of the Indiana Northern Missionary Christian Educational District Association; Member of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Gary and Vicinity and of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; Treasurer of The Original General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Indiana, Inc.; Award of Distinction from The Gary Common Council, Official Citation from Calumet Township Trustee; Exemplary Service and Outstanding Dedication 2006 Award; Proclamation that November 11th be named Pastor Clarence Baity Day by the Mayor of Gary, Indiana, The Honorable Karen Freeman Wilson.
One of Pastor Baity’s favorite biblical scriptures was “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me”, Philippians 4:13. His dedication to Peter’s Rock MB Church where he was pastor for over 46 years, was impeccable. Pastor Baity led by example with humility, integrity and the word of God.
Pastor Baity was preceded in death by both parents, William E. and Roberta Baity, and his loving wife, Edna M. Baity. Pastor Baity leaves to cherish his memory, his stepmother Equilla Baity; daughters Sharmaine (Michael) Cody, Patricia Baity, and Linda Baity; sons Clarence Baity, Jr., William Baity and Shawn (Darlene) Baity; grandchildren Tachea Corbett, Starkest Baity, Kortnee Baity, Joseph Taylor, Jr., LoKey Taylor, and Iadore Taylor; sister Wendy Baity; brothers William Everett Baity, Jr., Vernon (Shirley) Baity and Mark Baity; special cousin Elnora Hawkins, the entire Peter’s Rock MB Church Family and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Monday, August 12th 2013 from 12pm 8pm, with family hour 7pm 8pm at Peter’s Rock MB Church 1725 East 21st Avenue Gary, IN. Homegoing services will be held on Tuesday August 13th 2013 at 11am at Peter’s Rock MB Church 1725 East 21st Avenue Gary, IN. Pastor Isaiah Murry, Jr. officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Hobart, IN. –
by Robert Earl Houston
It is customary at the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. that when the Nominating Committee comes forth, they always present the prognosis of elections. “Next year, 55% of our elected officers will change.” It helps the convention to prepare for the turnover. I’ve come to say that within the next year, it is possible that all four of our traditional national baptist conventions AND the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship will change leadership.
NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA, INC.
Dr. Julius Scruggs of Alabama was elected President in 2009 and several ministers have declared or exploring runs to challenge him in 2013, if he decides to seek re-election. The election will be held at their annual session in New Orleans in 2014.
NATIONAL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CONVENTION OF AMERICA
The NMBCA has actually been operating without a President since the death of Dr. C.C. Robertson of Dallas. In a controversial move, the Executive Board decided to postpone the election until the annual session next month in San Antonio. The current Vice President, Dr. Nehemiah Davis, is acting president and is being challenged for the post by Rev. Dale Jay Sanders, Sr. and Dr. Samuel H. Smith, Sr. of Louisiana and Texas, respectively.
PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION
Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. is the current, tenured President and will complete his two terms in 2014. As of this writing, the only declared candidate is Dr. James C. Perkins of Detroit. At least four men are running for the office of 2nd Vice President including a layman. Their election will be in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION OF AMERICA, INC. INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Stephen John Thurston of Chicago, IL has served since 2003 and will lead the convention into Memphis for the 2014 annual session. At present there is at least several declared candidates: Dr. Samuel Tolbert of Louisiana, which means that for the first time in NBCA history, a President will seek re-election against a Vice President; and Dr. George Brooks of Nashville, who has served as Congress President.
FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., who is now the leader with more tenure than all four of the traditional convention presidents combined, has lead FGBCF since 1994, meaning that he has 19 years of leadership. He recently announced the name of his successor – Bishop Joseph Warren Walker of Nashville, who will begin his tenure in 2015.
It will be interesting watching developments of this passing of the torches.
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