Courtesy: Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Information reported by Galilee Baptist Church offices, Shreveport, LA:
by Robert Earl Houston
Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr., who was affectionately called “The Tall Angel,” who dynamically and fearlessly led the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated, International, went home to be with the Lord today, June 9, 2016 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Jones was 85 years old.
Dr. Jones was born in born in DeRidder, Louisiana in 1931 to Rev. David Jesse and Daisy Jones. His father pastored two church in Louisiana and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Grambling State University. At Grambling he met and later married his beloved Leslie M. Alexander, who were classmates who dated during his junior year and married in August 1952. The Joneses had four children: sons Deryl N. Jones and E. Edward Jones II and daughters Carolyn N. Jones-Haygood and Donna N. Jones-Hassan. They also have nine grandchildren.He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Grambling; and his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, TX in 1961.
In December 1959, he was called to the pulpit of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport. He filed a lawsuit to allow his daughter to attend a then all white school and as a result of his lawsuit, the public schools were desegregated. He would become a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and hosted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on several occasions.
Under his leadership, Galilee Baptist Church became a powerhouse socially and denominationally. He led Galilee into construction of not only a sprawling church edifice, but housing for residents, and purchased several buildings and developed them as well, including the home of the NBCAI. He was president of both Galilee Majestic Arms, Inc. and Galilee Eden Gardens, Inc.
A very gifted preacher. Dr. Jones literally travelled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He became a fixture at the NBCAI in regular sessions and late night preaching. Dr. Jones became Vice President under the leadership of President James Carl Sams of Jacksonville, Florida. He hosted the convention in several settings and after the President and two Vice Presidents died, he became President of the NBCAI in the year that he also served as host pastor.
Under his leadership, he created the CAP Program (Covenant Action Partners) to involve member churches financially to undergird the work of the Convention, which led to financial support for the Boards of the Convention. He presided during a stormy period of the Convention’s history, which led to the creation of the Convention-led Congress and NBCA Publishing House, which created curriculum for use by the member churches. He reorganized several auxiliaries and created a Headquarters Office and staff that the Convention had never seen before. The Convention became a unified body under the leadership of President Jones, whose influence continued even after he stepped down as President after serving from 1985 to 2003. The Convention established a school in Africa, in his honor.
Dr. Jones was a lifelong member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha; Served on the Governor’s Commission on Race Relations and Civil Rights; Board Member, Baptist World Alliance; Board Member, Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors; Grambling State University Foundation Board Member.
He was named by Ebony magazine as one of 100 most influential black Americans, 1986-2003; Alpha Phi Alpha, National Award for Outstanding Service, 1986; Grambling State University Hall of Fame, 1986; Northwest Louisiana Hall of Fame, 1992; awarded numerous honorary degrees.
Viewed as a man with a vision, Jones’s passion for helping people is evident by his astounding accomplishments. Surrounding his church in Shreveport is a small city of apartments and buildings known as Galilee City, a partial fulfillment of his dream. Beginning in 1985 and 1990, through Galilee Baptist Church, Jones secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for two supportive housing developments for the elderly and handicapped called Galilee Majestic Arms and Galilee Gardens. His next project, one that was spawned within him early in his career as a schoolteacher, was a recreational complex for youth that included sports facilities, a computer lab, and an educational program. His faith-based initiatives didn’t end there, however. Jones saw further needs within his community, and took further steps towards meeting those needs.
In 2004 Jones secured further funding from the City of Shreveport, Bank One, Fannie Mae, HUD, and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency to build a 76-unit apartment complex for low-and middle-income working residents called Galilee City Apartments. This partnership not only helped to renew a run-down neighborhood, but also provided quality housing for the disadvantaged. “It’s exciting when our financial resources make a significant difference for working families,” said Steve Walker, president of Bank One in Shreveport. All of the buildings, along with the church, a health center, and some of the NBCA offices, cover approximately 31 acres of the Galilee Baptist property. “Ministers are trumpeters for the message of change. Housing and health are two areas where the black community is most hurting,” Jones told Dana DiFilippo in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
To a generation of preachers, Dr. Jones was the role model. He was an unabashed manuscript preacher with articulation, color and imagination. Many of us remember him preaching and pulling on those suspenders and closing his sermons. He was not only an important man, but he never considered himself too important where he couldn’t fellowship. He would be seen in fellowship in the hallways, speaking with old friends of decades and making new friends of young preachers across the country.
In the 1970s, he was the guest of Dr. O.B. Williams and the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest. We were tremendously blessed by his preaching and I had the privilege of being at the tables, selling his manuscripts. Dr. Jones walked up to the table, introduced himself to us (I was a teenager then) and gave me a free copy of the manuscript, “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I would see him on several occasions throughout the years and he never forgot my name or who I was or where I was from. “Robert Earl, how you doing?”
He was not just a leader of a denominational body. He was a student and teacher of the church. We learned how to dress like Dr. Jones. We learned how to stand over the pulpit and yet be communicative and relevant to our congregations like Dr. Jones. He was a singer. He was a musician. He was writer. He was a developer. He was an activist.
Most of all, he was a friend of preachers. We have lost a friend this day.
Biographical information from: Encyclopedia.com.
Reverend Luther C. Wyatt went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2016 in Vacaville, California.
Reverend Wyatt organized the Living Water Baptist Church of Suisun, California in 1997. The membership grew rapidly and moved later to Fairfield, California. The Church was an active member of the Progressive District Association, California State Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention. Later they purchased a church building in Vacaville, California.
He especially loved encouraging the young people to give God their all, often telling them that serving the Lord would pay off. Many of the youth graduated from high school and went on to college obtaining various degrees in numerous fields. He served faithfully as Pastor until health challenges prevented him from fulfilling his full duties as Pastor. He retired in 2010.
Please pray for his wife, Jerry Wyatt, and the Wyatt family.
Services will be on January 9, 2016 at the
Mt Calvary Baptist Church
Dr. C. Lea, Jr, Pastor
1735 Enterprise Dr. #3
Fairfield, California 94533
(information submitted by the Wyatt Family)
Dr. James Clarence Edward Faulkner, Pastor Emeritus of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon has entered into the promise of Eternal Life on Sunday, November 16, 2015 after a long illness.
Dr. Faulkner served as the Dean and President of the Portland District Sunday School, BTU and Ushers Congress, Vice Moderator of the Union District Baptist Association and served in several capacities in the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest. He also preached at the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
Particularly, Dr. Faulkner was noted for his teaching abilities. He was a tremendous Bible teacher and served the St. Paul church for well over 35 years as their Pastor. His theme for his ministry at St. Paul was “Do as the Spirit says do.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: It was my privilege to have preached for Pastor Faulkner on several occasions during my teenage years and in my twenties. He would not only allow you to preach, but he also gave you a critique of your preaching – even if it were painful. I will never forget a conversation we had after I had moved from Portland, and how encouraging he was and expressed his pride in how the Lord had used me. He was the chief catechizer for the ordination of Rev. Walter M. Brown, Jr. and myself.
Dr. Faulkner, a native of a small town, Uno, Kentucky, came to Portland in the early 1970s due to his insurance executive position. He shortly united with the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. O.B. Williams. He was called to St. Paul in 1975 and it became a beacon in the North Portland area and a training ground for believers.
He was especially fond of mentoring young preachers many of whom went on to pastoral, teaching and preaching ministries. He became a pastor to several pastors and ministers throughout the years.
Services are scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church, 3138 North Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon, Dr. Matt Hennessee, Pastor, at 10:00 a.m. (PST) A private family-only visitation will be on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) at Terry Family Funeral Home. A public visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) at the funeral home.
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.
CHICAGO, IL – Apostle Richard D. Henton, who for years was one of the pioneers of African-Americans on Christian Television, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 22, 2015. He was in ministry for 66 years and pastored over 50 years. The Monument of Faith Church under his leadership grew to 5,000 on roll.
As of this writing, services are pending.
Homegoing Announcement from his website: www.rdhenton.org:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Apostle R.D. Henton on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
He was an amazing pastor and friend and he will be incredibly missed by us all.
Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family and friends.
No one can prepare for a loss; it comes like a swift wind.
However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord.
Bio from his website:
Called into the ministry in 1948 on December 14th, Apostle Richard D. Henton has become one of the most prolific speakers of our day. He has been in ministry for sixty-six (66) years and has been a pastor for fifty (50) of those years. With an approximate membership of close to five thousand (5,000), Dr. Henton is also the founder of the R. D. Henton Breakthrough Ministries and is the executive producer of the Breakthrough Telecast. This weekly program has aired on systems throughout the world such as The Word Network, The Total Living Network, WJYS/TV 62 and WEDE TV34.
The R.D. Henton Breakthrough ministry has an extensive media library of well over 6,000 audio, video, CD and DVD’s, which are a vast extension of his outreach ministry that reaches the world.
Even though Dr. Henton is a faithful pastor, he is known to many as their “TV Evangelist” and has ministered at various conferences, convocations, conventions and mass meetings for many decades in several major cities throughout America. He has been the keynote speaker for many ministries: “The Promise Keepers”, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Azusa with Bishop Carlton Pearson, Morris Cerrullo, Bishop O. T. Jones, Sr., Rev. R.W. Shambach, and The late Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, Bishop Charles Blake, Moore House, Church of God In Christ AIM Convention and many others.
Dr. Henton has held special services in the city where he was born and raised and still lives (Chicago) with turn-away crowds after 10,000 seats were filled at the U.I.C. Pavilion.
Dr. Henton has three Doctorate of Divinity degrees and has been the recipient of numerous certificates of merit, letters from the presidents, given key to many cities by their mayors, and honored by congressman and dignitaries alike. He was the recipient of two very special awards in Chicago. (N’Digo Foundation Recipient of N’Faith Award) and (Former Mayor Richard M. Daley presented Him the Luminary Senior Citizen Hall of Faith Award).
Monument of Faith Breakthrough World Ministries is in the second phase of building a five-thousand (5,000) seating facility on the close to 14 acres of land that the ministry was blessed to purchase in the city of Chicago.
Dr. Richard D. Henton is a family man and is the father of four children that are working faithfully with him in the ministry. Although he is abundantly blessed, he remains a most humble servant of the Lord, a true servant for this generation.
Rev. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., Beloved Pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, Dies at Age 85
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ (from http://www.Tapinto.net) — Scotch Plains/Fanwood is mourning the passing of Dr. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, who died late Friday at age 85.
The eldest son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Kelmo C. Porter, Sr., was born and raised in Jersey City, where he attended public school. He earned his B.S. degree in religion and Christian education from New York University, where he also earned his M.A. degree in religion and anthropology. He later received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Trinity Hall College and Seminary in Springfield, Illinois.
Rev. Porter served as the pastor of the Trinity Temple Church of God In Christ, in Montclair, from early 1954 to 1963. From late 1963 through 1964 he served as the Pastor of the First Church of God in Christ in Newark, where he also was the executive director of the Newark Senior citizens commission’s “Golden Age Project” for nearly a quarter century.
In August 1966, he became pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave.) in Scotch Plains, where he served his congregation for nearly 50 years.
Our church, a Christian church, according to the point of view traditionally held by Baptists, is a company of regenerated persons baptized in profession of faith in Christ Jesus, united in covenant for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for worship, instruction, the observance of Christian ordinances, and service as the gospel of Christ requires.
— Bishop Dr. Kelmo C. Porter, Jr., Senior Pastor
“I am deeply saddened on the passing of my dear friend, Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr. the spiritual leader of Saint John’s Baptist Church since 1966, and our community as well,” said Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, a longtime family friend.
“Pastor Porter was a kindred spirit having ministered for over 60 years. He was a founding father of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Ministerium that continues today to influence goodwill bringing together persons of all faiths and ethnic groups, providing support for those in need,” Glover added. “To his family and to the St. John’s congregation, please know that we will always keep him and you in our hearts and prayers. On behalf of the entire community, let me extend to his loving family our deepest sympathy.”
Recently, the Scotch Plains Council and Mayor Glover authorized a street sign in honor of Rev. Porter that will be placed near St. John’s Baptist Church.
“Reverend Porter was an icon of the community,” said Dr. James Checchio, whose father, former Mayor Mauro Checchio was part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the church. “My dad always felt comfortable at St. John’s because of Rev. Porter. He felt everyone was accepted there. The ties between the black community and the Italian American community in town became stronger because of Rev. Porter.”
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr also expressed sorrow at the passing of her friend.
“Reverend Porter was a tremendous presence in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. His booming voice commanded respect, admiration and a tremendous flock of followers, which I was proud to be one of,” said Mayor Mahr. “For the last 12 years, I have enjoyed being in his presence and was in awe of his talent to move people both spirituality and socially. I want to extend my condolences to his family and congregation, yet celebrate a life well lived. He left a deep imprint on all of us.”
Rev. Porter was married to the former Shirley Green of Jersey City, NJ, for more than a half century. They are survived by three children; Curtis, Lance, Lisa, and grandchildren, Taralauryn, Danielle and Lance II.