L.A. Church Community Mourns Sudden Passing of Bishop Miquail Broadous
The L.A. pastoral community is in shock over the sudden passing of Bishop Miquail Broadous.
Broadous, who served as the senior pastor of Grace Temple Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church in Pacoima and Cedar Grove Baptist Church, and as treasurer of the Baptist Minister’s Fellowship, died Sunday, February 26 in Los Angeles. He was 47.
It was in December of 2016 that Broadous was installed as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Pacoima, a church pastored by his father, the late William T. Broadous until his death just seven months earlier.
Describing it as a milestone moment for him, Broadous said, “I’m taking on the leadership of legendary leaders—standing on their shoulders. I grew up in the church and my grandfather organized the church. After he went home to be with the Lord, my Dad took over and pastored there for 34 years, so I’m continuing the legacy.
The appointment brought the number to three of the churches Broadous pastored, including Grace Temple, which he has pastored for 20 years and Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the leadership of which he took on last February.
Broadous was just 14 when he told his Dad that he believed the Lord had called him to preach.
“My dad looked at me and then said go back and pray and I did, but I also would be outside preaching to my friends, siblings and just about anyone who would listen.”
After completing high school, Broadus enrolled at Bishop College but with its closing one year later, returned home to Los Angeles, accepting a job as assistant to his uncle, John Broadus, who pastored Grace Temple Baptist Church.
It would be the retirement of his uncle seven years later on November 8, 1996 that paved the way for Broadus to become pastor.
“For eight years, I was preaching every second and fourth Sunday, then five years prior to my uncle retiring I felt the call to lead. Not just to preach but to guide them and be an example. That’s why I say I was burdened to pastor. I saw myself being a leader in the community—having a church that was making a difference. We have these clubs and liquor stores and people walking around with no Jesus. I’m looking to be a beacon of light.
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Bishop Joseph Walker Pacts With BET for “The Relevant Word”
Beginning Sunday, March 5, Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Nashville-based Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church and Presiding Bishop of Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International, will become the featured minister of a new program, entitled “The Relevant Word” on Black Entertainment Television (BET.
“I am so honored to be the featured minister for ‘The Relevant Word,’ and I’m extremely grateful to BET for giving me this national platform to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Bishop Walker. “Most importantly, I am eager to encourage listeners across the country to live in hope. Through Jesus Christ, we can come to view the uncertainties of life in a more positive light, believing that God has a greater purpose for us.”
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Walker received a Bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge; a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological University. He also holds two honorary Doctorates from Meharry Medical College and Southern University. At the age of 24, Bishop Walker began his pastorate at Mount Zion with just 175 members. Today, the ministry stands at more than 30,000 souls with three locations.
Bishop Hezekiah Walker Snags $80 Million Real Estate Development Deal
Two-time Grammy® Award-winning Gospel Singer Hezekiah Walker, has landed a $80 million project with New York City, to put low income housing and senior living on property he owns. The project will be completed by SLCE Architects, LLP and will include 241 units that will cover one full New York City block.
In 1994, the Brooklyn, East New York property became the home of the of the Gospel Singers rehearsal spot. Renting a small portion of the property for rehearsal, it later became the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church. After rapid growth, the singer found a larger facility to accommodate his congregation and after a few years they were able to purchase the entire property.
With the East New York section of Brooklyn becoming NYC’s hottest community, the Walker’s property is prime real estate. The property was vacant and abandoned for years until producers of the Netflix original series, “The Get Down” rented out the property for well over a year. The development of the property will consist of low income housing, retail commercial space and a community rental space, in which Walker hopes to open up a youth center and music school.