Church Community Mourns Passing of Pastor Frank Wilson
The Los Angeles church community is mourning the loss of New Dawn Christian Village founder and senior pastor, Frank Wilson. An author, speaker, former award winning Motown record producer and songwriter, Wilson had been battling prostate cancer for nearly two years and died September 27, 2012 at 9:58 a.m. at the City of Hope in Duarte surrounded by members of his immediate family. He was 72.
Earlier this month, the church announced that Wilson had officially retired and that Rev. Alex Pineda would be taking over as senior pastor. Days later, Wilson was hospitalized in intensive care with family and friends gathering at his bedside to lend their love and support.
“We are grateful for all that Pastor Frank was to New Dawn Christian Village. Teacher, friend, mentor and pastor, he shared his life and legacy with us”, said Pineda.
Said Pastor E.V. Hill, who worked with Wilson when he served on staff at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, “The ministry of my father, Dr. E.V. Hill and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church would be incomplete without the impact that Pastor Frank Wilson made in our lives.
“Pastor Frank Wilson was the vehicle that brought a fresh, spiritual awakening to Mt. Zion through many celebrities, musicians, artists and personalities who were led to Christ and brought to Mt. Zion through the dynamic duo of Pastor Frank and Bunny Wilson.”
Wilson, the founder of Fellowship West International, a trans-denominational umbrella organization for the Christian Entertainer’s Fellowship (CEF) organized in 1977 and the Dayspring Singles & Married Couples Conferences, was the author of “The Master’s Degree--Majoring In Your Marriage” and “Unmasking the Lone Ranger.”
Before becoming an ordained minister, Wilson enjoyed success as a Motown producer/songwriter. Hits to his credit include “Love Child”. “Keep On Truckin’” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” The Houston, TX-native has appeared on numerous national TV programs including TBN, CBN, and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
He had six children with his wife of nearly 40 years, P. Bunny Wilson, also an acclaimed author and sought out motivational speaker.
The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love by friends, church members and the church community at-large and the esteem in which their father and husband was held.
“We will continue his legacy of loving people more than anything else on earth and loving God above all others,” said daughter Fawn Weaver.
Services are scheduled for Friday, October 5 at 10:30a.m. and will be held at Faithful Central Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made payable to Frank Wilson Ministries.
Gallilee Baptist Church Nearly Destroyed By Fire
L.A. City fire investigators believe arson may be to blame for the fire that nearly destroyed Galilee Baptist Church. The 70-year old church suffered the loss last month after fire crews were called at 4:20 on the afternoon of September 21st to find the structure located at 48th Street near 11th Avenue in the Crenshaw district heavily involved in flames.
While firefighters were able to save the structure, the sanctuary and classrooms inside were reported to have extensive damage.
Pastor Frank Chaney told parishioners who gathered in a tent outside the damaged structure the following Sunday that “Beyond every dark cloud, the sun is shining.”