Dr. Willie T. Snead, Sr., B.S., Mace, M.Div., D.D., D. Lit., President Emeritus of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2015 after a brief illness in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Snead was the founder and pastor of the Greater Temple of God Christian Fellowship for almost 50 years. He was one of a handful of pastors in the history of California that held three leadership positions in three levels – Moderator of the Pacific Missionary Baptist District Association, President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention and National President.
For years he hosted a Radio Broadcast in the Los Angeles area and preached throughout the United States.
He established the church in July 1967. His church growth program and radio broadcast “Faith To Live By” added many souls to the Lord, and touched thousands of lives throughout Los Angeles and nearby communities.
He held a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California Baptist University in Riverside, California; a master of divinity degree and master of arts degree in Christian Education from Golden Gate Theological Seminary – Mill Valley, California. Recipient of Doctorate Degree, Reed Christian College – Western Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California. Recipient of Doctor of Letters in Religion, St. Stephens Educational Bible College – Los Angeles, California. Recipient of Doctor of Humane Letters, Liberty Baptist College – Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Dr. Snead accepted Christ at the age of nine. You can find his name in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 1989-90. He also holds such titles as Pastor of the Year, Moderator of the Year, Religious Broadcast of the Year (two consecutive years) from the ACC News Pauline Awards. Numerous commendations from government officials, to name a few Governor of California, California State Congress, California State Assembly, City of Los Angeles Councilmen, County of Los Angeles Supervisors.
Dr. Snead is a lifetime member of the NAACP Los Angeles (Watts) Chapter. former Board Member of Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC). former Vice Chairman Board of Directors – Southern California Affiliate of CNBC. COPS – Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; Police Booster Club; former Ambassador for The Union Rescue Mission. Former Co-Chairman for the California Committee for Environmental Justice (went on Environmental Justice fact finding mission to Louisiana with Vice President Al Gore’s team).
Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, has forwarded the following information:
“Services for Dr. W.T. Snead, Sr., Former President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, our friend and brother, have been announced as follows:
Local Homegoing Services:
Monday, November 23, 2015:
(Services held at Greater Temple of God Christian Fellowship,
Greater Temple of God, 1404 East Firestone Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90013. Church Phone: (323) 582-7344)
Dr. Snead’s Body will lie in state, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PST)
Services begin at 7:00 p.m. and are under the direction of the Pacific Missionary Baptist District Association, Dr. Rodney Howard, Moderator and the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, President.
TUESDAY, November 24, 2015:
(Services held at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 4269 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90037, Dr. Melvin Von Wade, Sr., Pastor. Church Phone: (323) 846-1950)
Dr. Snead’s Body will lie in state, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (PST)
The NATIONAL HOMEGOING SERVICE for Dr. W.T. Snead, Sr. will begin at 10:00 a.m. His son, Rev. W. Terrell Snead, II, pastor of the Worship Center Community Church, will deliver the eulogy.
A special Hotel Room block has been created. If anyone wants a standard room it will be $99.00at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Telephone: (310) 642-1111. Deadline to make reservations for this special rate is Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
When calling, please identify yourself as making a reservation under the Dr Snead Room Block to receive the special rate.”
Please watch this page, any updated information will be posted here.
by Robert Earl Houston
Two California Baptist State Conventions, which split as a result of the turmoil in the National Baptist Convention of America and the creation of National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, have agreed to an historic reunification effective in October.
The reunification brings together the California Missionary Baptist State Convention (CMBSC) and the California United Baptist State Convention (CUBSC). Both conventions were as one until the untimely split in 1991 which resulted in the creation of CUBSC. Now, the conventions have agreed to re-unify as one California Missionary Baptist State Convention.
The reunification was initiated by the CUBSC president, Dr. J. Roy Morrison and along with his General Secretary, Dr. Hubbard, they presented their proposal to Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis and the California Missionary Baptist State Convention. Dr. Gaddis stated, “I think it is a God-sent move. I would rather see us come together rather than to be in splinters. Our convention is excited. The other convention is excited. John 17:21 where Jesus says “Let them be as one, as we are one” is an answer to our prayers.”
The CMBSC and CUBSC voted today, January 28, 2015 to begin the process of reunification, which will take affect in October 2015, contingent upon CUBSC meeting certain conditions. The reunited convention will become dually-aligned with both the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America and the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., International.
Dr. Gaddis will serve as President and an election will be held in October which will complete the reunification process by filling several positions in the cabinet. This will bring the roll of the Convention to over 250 congregations which will make the CMBSC the largest African-American Baptist State Convention west of Texas. The CMBSC website can be found at www.cmbsc.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION was added courtesy of Dr. J. Roy Morrison.
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