Photo Essay: During a Ceremony Held in Their Honor, Area Pastors Got to Relax in the Pews for a Change

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.

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Worshippers seated early in the Feb. 19 service that honored area pastors. More than 1,000 attended the Sunday event. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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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

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Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, Maywood’s oldest active pastor, during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Rev. DeAndre Patterson, far left, sits with numerous distinguished guests during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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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

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A young usher at the doors before the Feb. 19 ceremony began. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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3 thoughts on “Photo Essay: During a Ceremony Held in Their Honor, Area Pastors Got to Relax in the Pews for a Change”

  1. “Maywood” would be empowered and “Blessed” if each Pastor would adopt a Block/or Blocks ,1st Ave. thru 25th Ave. and Claim ,Clean & Pray for the residents to be free from violence, drugs, littering, Blight,sickness & diseases ! If It takes a Village to raise a child. The body of Christ is the church. “Jesus”, didn’t spread the Gospel by staying in a building…he traveled the highways and byways showing God’s “Agape” Love!
    For God, Community & Country,
    Dave Sr.

    1. To David Flowers: I totally agree with what you typed. The church should be a symbol to uplift the community through darkness and heal the spiritual cancer.

  2. This is a good article! I am glad that the event was a huge success. Now, I am hoping that this event can really be a spark to heal the spiritual cancer that has been hurting the residents of the village of Maywood. Some of the pastors need to come out of their churches and mentor these youths.

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