A Feb. 19 event at Second Baptist Church in Maywood honored the area’s pastors and religious leaders. | Sebastian Hidalgo/Village Free Press
Monday, February 20, 2017 || By Sebastian Hidalgo || @maywoodnews
On Sunday, the Second Baptist Church in Maywood held a special black tie ceremony honoring Proviso Township’s pastors and particularly its own of 56 years — the Rev. Wallace W. Sykes. At 93, Sykes is Maywood’s oldest active pastor.
The night was emceed by Rev. DeAndre Patterson, pastor of Miracle Revival Cathedral, 2010 St. Charles Road, in Maywood.
Patterson said that the Maywood church was where, as a child, he was saved, and where he first encountered his mentor, the church’s longtime pastor and founder, Bishop Willie J. Chambliss, 88.
“It’s a blessing to pastor a church in the place where you grew up,” Patterson said, adding that his hope was that the local history of churches in Maywood and the surrounding suburbs would be perpetuated — if only for a night.
Pastors and spiritual leaders who were honored included (those who are deceased indicated with an asterisk):
Elder James B. Alford* | Rev. Robert Hayden* | Rev. John W. James* | Rev. Harry McNelty* | Rev. T.H. Wade* | Apostle Donald L. Alford | Rev. John L. Belser | Rev. C. Calvin Rice | Rev. Marvin E. Wiley | Bishop Willie J. Chambliss | Bishop Willie B. Dugan* | Rev. Johnnie R. Haynie | Rev. Lucille L. Jackson* | Rev. Esther J. Mitchell | Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Richardson, Sr. | Rev. Caliph Wyatt, Jr.
Worshippers seated early in the Feb. 19 service that honored area pastors. More than 1,000 attended the Sunday event. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Obra Barrow, the longtime choir director and minister of music at Second Baptist Church, directs a Community Mass Choir during the Feb. 19 event. The choir comprised members of numerous churches in the area. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, Maywood’s oldest active pastor, during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Rev. DeAndre Patterson, far left, sits with numerous distinguished guests during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. The choir was directed by Gospel music recording artist Tyrone Block, whose group, Love, Salvation & Devotion, also performed. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
A young usher at the doors before the Feb. 19 ceremony began. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
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