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Pastoral History

 

Great Men. Great Minds. Great Leadership.

In honor of the pastors who've brought us thus far.


Shiloh's Legacy of Great Leaders

Gordon A. Humphrey, Sr.

\"\" December 5, 1924 – February 6, 2006
Reverend Gordon Arlester Humphrey, Sr., the baby child, was born to Gordon and Claudia Humphrey on December 5, 1924, in Ogenaw, Arkansas. When he was three years of age his father passed away causing his mother to return to her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reverend Humphrey accepted Christ as his personal savior at the age of nine, at the Second Baptist Church where Reverent A. J. Hubbard was Pastor. Reverend Humphrey accepted his call to preach at the tender age of 18 while at Liberty Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of the late Pastor. D. Z. Jackson.

Reverend Humphrey, Sr.\’s family moved to Chicago where he graduated from DuSable High School in 1944 as president of his graduating class. Reverend. Humphrey, Sr. was one of the first students at the Chicago Baptist Institute. He also attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago and received an honorary doctorate degree from Bell Grove Theological Seminary.

The next call from the Lord directed Reverend Humphrey, Sr. the under-shepherd position at the Second Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois. At the age of 19, Reverend Humphrey, Sr. led this flock to building a completely new church structure. During his seven years at Second Baptist, he met and married his gifted wife, Helen (Warfield). In 1945, his favorite daughter, Charlene was born.

Reverend Humphrey, Sr.\’s next assignment directed him to lead the people of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Richmond, Indiana. Following his three years at Mt. Moriah, Reverend Humphrey, Sr. accepted the pastoral position at Bethel Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio. It was during this assignment that Reverend Humphrey, Sr. adopted the scripture of John 12:32 where Jesus says, \”And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.\” The ministry was blessed with the opportunity to be broadcast across the United States, and the Humphreys were blessed with the births of their sons Gordon Jr. and Michael.

In 1962, abiding God\’s continued call, Reverend Humphrey, Sr. returned to Chicago, Illinois. This would mark the beginning of an acclaimed 43 year love story as shepherd to the congregation at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

Reverend \"shilohhistory_0008\"Humphrey, Sr. was a civic leader who was dedicated to serving the 4th ward. Over the years, he welcomed many local, national, and international personalities including acclaimed gospel singers like Mahalia Jackson and The Staple singers, local and national politicians, and civil rights leaders. He provided a safe haven, covering, and meeting location for Jesse L. Jackson\’s Operation Push, until the organization acquired a permanent home. Reverend Humphrey was active with the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., General Baptist State Convention of Illinois, the Salem District Association, and he was a board member of One Church, One Child.

Reverend Humphrey, Sr. was known for having an open door policy when it came to mentoring young preachers and pastors. As a result, he was instrumental in the founding of several churches including:

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Oakland, California, New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church, in Burlington, Vermont, Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan. All of these ministries expanded to provide leadership to coun\"??????????\"tless other preachers, pastors, and ministries. Reverend Humphrey, Sr. ordained more than 20 ministers as he consistently committed himself to responding to the Lord\’s call to nurture and mentor those around him.

On February 6, 2006, Reverend Humphrey, Sr. answered his final call from the Master to come home. He had completed his work here on earth. He left a legacy that continues to reach the masses and bless those committed to serving the Lord. We thank God we were graced with his presence. We take comfort in knowing he rest eternally in the arms of our Lord.

Gordon A. Humphrey, Jr.

December 5, 1954 – December 14, 2014
Bishop Gordon Arlester Humphrey Jr. was a native of Ohio, educated in the public schools of Chicago, Illinois, and reared under the God \"\"led guidance of his parents, Gordon Sr. and Helen Humphrey. Although Pastor Humphrey Jr. attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia it was through the tutelage of people like his parents, other ministerial mentors, and God’s divine providence that grew him into the man of God for which he became known.

Pastor Humphrey Jr. was known for his penetrating delivery that proved impactful and effective in the urban communities where his ministry often served. He was gifted to be able to speak to individuals from all walks of life and impress upon them the power and peace afforded to those who willingly gave their lives to Christ.

In an effort to reach more people, 20 years ago, Pastor Humphrey Jr. established Sunday Night Live services. These high energy, musically enthused, practical application of the Word services – welcomed the community with a come as you are invitation to all. Sunday Night Live! services provided a nonjudgmental and unconventionally condemnation-free experience for those who otherwise may not have attended church service. The Sunday Night Live experienced proved so successful that it has been modeled by pastors in churches across the United States.

\"\"As a powerful singer and skilled musician Pastor Humphrey Jr. was sought after for his gift of ministering through music. One of his musical ministry highlights was his involvement as the executive producer of an acclaimed CD entitled, Olivet Oakland, Sunday Night Live! You’re in the Right Place at the Right Time. The project gained national and international recognition for its inspirational and spirit-filled message.

After the death of his father, Pastor Humphrey Jr. was led to make Chicago his home base, moving him away from his 30-year ministry at the Olivet Institutional Church in Oakland, California. He returned to Chicago where he assumed the position of Senior Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Humphrey Jr.’s bold style, heartfelt delivery, and uncompromising proclamation of the Word, proved him the rightful heir to the pulpit at Shiloh Missionary Baptist church. It was abundantly apparent that he was inspired by God, directed by the Spirit, and passionate about the people and their growth in living God’s Word.

Reverend Humphrey, Sr. was known for having an open door policy when it came to mentoring young preachers and pastors. As a result, he was instrumental in the founding of several churches including:

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Oakland, California, New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church, in Burlington, Vermont, Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and Ebenezer Baptis\"ghumphreyjrpic2\"t Church in Lansing, Michigan. All of these ministries expanded to provide leadership to countless other preachers, pastors, and ministries. Reverend Humphrey, Sr. ordained more than 20 ministers as he consistently committed himself to responding to the Lord\’s call to nurture and mentor those around him.

Pastor Gordon A. Humphrey, Jr. was the loving father of two children, Gordon Jr. and CharRena. Forever a servant, Pastor Humphrey, Jr. will be sorely missed and mentioned often because he leaves a powerful legacy. We mourn the loss as we celebrate his illustrious life.