Within the past week two exceptional leaders have answered the clarion call of the Lord – Dr. Thomas H. Peoples, Jr., venerable pastor of the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, KY and Dr. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, CA.
LEXINGTON, KY – I had the privilege of working with and preaching for Dr. Peoples on several occasions. He was instrumental in my name being submitted by him as the sole candidate for President of the Kentucky State Convention of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, where I served two complete terms. I had the privilege of serving as his guest speaker for his Women’s Day and Men’s Day programs, respectively. Dr. Peoples served as a past President of Simmons Bible College (now Simmons College of Kentucky) and past President of the Congress of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He was a denominational leader in the Consolidated Missionary Baptist District Association, the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, and he continued to lead Historic Pleasant Green as they were making transition to a new church plant.
His homegoing services have been announced as follows: (from Milward Funeral Directors):
The Reverend Doctor Thomas Howard Peoples, Jr. was born June 17, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Thomas Howard Peoples, Sr. and the late Bettie D. Peoples. He was happily married for 56 years to his loving, supportive, and devoted wife, Doctor Delma L. Peoples. To their union, was born five children: Thomas Howard Peoples, III, Pastor Stewart Titus Peoples, Pastor Samuel U. Peoples (Benita), Pastor David (Margaret) Rodmann People, and Bettina (Anthony) L. Wright; one sister Charles Peoples Brown; two nieces among others, Bethany RayAnne Brown and Pamela (Walker) Cheatham; the late Howard Peoples and surviving Ted Peoples. There are 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family.
Dr. Peoples was a soul-winner of thousands for the Lord Jesus Christ in addition to a mentor for preachers and pastors across the country. Denominational leaders noted him as a “Father in the Ministry.” Peoples successfully pastored First Baptist Church of Bracktown, Kentucky for 10 years, First Baptist Church of Versailles, Kentucky for 5 years, and Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky for the last 41 years. He earned degrees from Simmons Bible College, the Lexington Theological Seminary, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his service. He was named by leaders and recognized by the media as one of the top ten church leaders in Kentucky.
Peoples was a Navy Veteran, Civil Rights Leader, Seminary President, Academy Founder, Moderator, Congress President, a renowned scholar, lecturer, eulogist and revivalist. He was a beloved and respected community leader known for his sacrifices to encourage the hospitalized, incarcerated, the poor, and the marginalized.
Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday June 17, 2019 at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church and from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Heritage Hall East Hall. A Masonic Rite of Passage Ceremony will be held at the church on Monday at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Heritage Hall East Hall.
INGLEWOOD, CA – Early this morning, word has quickly spread that another legendary minister had passed – the Rev. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, California.
Dr. Pleasant’s father was the legendary Dr. Earl Pleasant, founding pastor of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Pleasant served Greater New Bethel approximately 40 years. During that time he was active in the California State Baptist Convention and in the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. International under the leadership of Dr. E. Edward Jones and Dr. Stephen John Thurston.
Dr. Pleasant was well respected among ministers throughout the nation. His sister is the songwriter and arranger, Dr. Margaret Douroux, who served as his Minister of Music until her retirement.
As of this writing, homegoing services are pending. Please keep this family in your prayers.