Daily Archives: January 23rd, 2014

Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Otis B. Byrd, Sr., Atlanta, GA

OtisByrdWe are saddened to report on the death of the Reverend Otis B. Byrd, Jr., pastor of the God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA, who tragically went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014 as a result of violence.

The following is a report from a local news source:

An Atlanta pastor was found stabbed to death over the weekend.

The Rev. Otis Byrd Sr.’s body was found around noon Sunday, according to police, after he failed to show up for church. Police were called to Byrd’s home in the 600 block of Finley Avenue in Atlanta, after church members went to check on him, according to Officer John Chafee with the Atlanta Police Department.

Byrd was a pastor at God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located on Memorial Drive in northwest Atlanta, according to the AJC.

Friends and family were saddened by the heinous crime. “He could really preach and he did so without a piece of paper in his hand,” said Earl Hutchinson of his friend of over 20 years. “He was just an undiscovered talent. Never a foul word. Not ever. Not one time. He was just a good person. He was trying to build something.”

Police are still investigating Byrd’s death and no arrests have been made, according to the Atlanta police.

PLEASE keep the Byrd Family and the God’s Anointed Church Family in your prayers.


Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr., Bronx, New York

The Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York And Vicinity

Greetings Dear Brethren, Sisters, Fellow Ministers, Neighbors and Friends.

The Services for President Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr is as follows:


Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 3pm to 6pm

Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 8pm

Home going Service:

Date: Friday- January 24, 2014

Time: 9am to 12 Noon

Location: All Services to be held at Pastor Sampson’s Church

The Thessalonia Baptist Church
951 Rev. James A. Polite Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459

All cards, flowers and condolences are to be sent to the attention of Sister DeLorenzo Sampson

Church Phone: 718-542-0828

Church Fax:718-542-0460


Respectfully Submitted on behalf of The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity

Gwendolyn Watts
Corresponding Secretary

From his church’s website:

Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr. is a native of Newark, New Jersey.  He has resided in New York state since 1982. Dr. Sampson has been the Pastor of the Thessalonia Baptist Church since 1982 and in ministry for over 30 years. In addition to being an anointed and revelatory teacher and preacher, he is also a gifted pianist and Christian Education author.


·      Construction of Thessalonia Cultural Community Center (seven million dollar facility)

·      Co- Founded the Thessalonia Elementary Academy with his wife Deloranzo Sampson

·      Established the Thessalonia Institute of Education

·      Orchestrated internal & external renovations of the Church building

·      Weekly Radio Broadcast

·      Enhanced church outreach programs including: Senior Programs, Feeding of the Homeless, Adult Education 

    Programs, Annual Children’s Street Fair and much more

·      Recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and participation in community development


·      President of the Thessalonia Institute of Religion

·      CEO of the Thessalonia Cultural Community Center

·      Theme Book Commission and National Congress of Christian Education

·      Detergent Control Chemist, Thesbald Industries

·      Food Chemist and Microbiologist, Best Foods International

·      Technical Supervisor in Packaging Engineering — Quality Control, Anheuser Bush

·      President of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Greater New York vicinity

·      Pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey

·      Headmaster of the Convent Avenue Academy

·      President of Northern Baptist School of Religion, New Jersey

·      President of the Shiloh Baptist Association Congress of New Jersey

·      President of the Baptist Bible College of Newark (formerly Northern University)

·      Guest Instructor: Eastern Baptist Association College Seminary Extension (formally Northern Baptist University);

New York Commissioner of Civil Rights in the town of Montclair, New Jersey

·      Executive Director of the Baptist Educational Center of New York

·      Guest Lecturer: Drew University School of Theology

·      A founding member of the South Bronx Churches Organization – Nehemiah Houses in the Bronx, New York

·      NYC Religious Education Academic Foreign Studies Tours: WCC Geneva, Switzerland;

Gregorian University, Rome; Hebrew University, Israel


Central High School N.J. — Highest Honors in Science, History, Music, and Distance Running

Bachelor of Arts in National Science- Rutgers University, New Jersey

Graduate Certificate in Science – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Masters of Divinity – Drew University, New Jersey

Doctor of Ministry in Church Education – Drew University, New Jersey

PhD Urban Education & Psychology, Temple University

Advanced Human Development Studies – Princeton Theological Seminary

Doctoral Studies – New York University, New York

Honorary Doctorate of Law for Community Development –Virginia University, Lynchburg, Virginia


Superior Leadership in Challenging Situations

Effective Techniques in Abuse Ministry

Handbook for Youth Education

Articles published locally, regionally, and nationally

Dr. Sampson is married to Deloranzo Sampson, Headmistress of the Thessalonia Academy and Veteran of the United States Air Force.


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