Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Bishop Wallace Edward Lockett, the 57th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District.
Lockett, 65, was bishop of all CME churches in Alabama and Florida. He oversaw about 25,000 members in 182 CME churches in Alabama and about 7,000 members in 43 CME churches in Florida. He also served as chairman of the board of trustees for Miles College.
Lockett had been pastor of the 1,500-member Metropolitan CME Church in Houston from 1985 until his election as bishop on July 4, 2010. In 2009 he oversaw the construction of a $7 million sanctuary for the Houston congregation. It had been a small congregation when Lockett arrived.
Lockett served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-69, working with Titan II missile installations as part of the Strategic Air Command. He was often 10 stories underground in top-secret missile control rooms, monitoring the Cold War from nuclear ground zero. While he was in the military, he felt called into the ministry. Lockett was born in Georgia, but his Jamaican father took the family to Jamaica for a while before settling down in St. Augustine, Fla., where he played football at Richard J. Murray High School.
He was pastor of CME churches in Florida, Virginia and Ohio before spending most of his ministerial career in Texas. The CME church, founded in 1870, has about 850,000 members in 3,500 U.S. churches. Birmingham's largest CME churches are the 841-member Southside CME and 658-member Thirg
ood Memorial CME.
A dedicated clergyman, Lockett lived a life of courage, usefulness and reputation. Though we will miss his presence and determination, his legacy will endure, inspiring generations.
The Paine College Community expresses deep sense of loss and sympathy for the Lockett family.
Service Celebrating the Life of Bishop W. E. Lockett
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Viewing: 9:00 a.m. and Service: 10:00 a.m.
Metropolitan CME Church
8955 S. Freeway
Houston, TX 77051
Rev. Dr. Bobby Best, Pastor
Eulogist: Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Presiding Prelate, Sixth Episcopal District
Condolences may be sent to the family at: The Fifth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 310 18th Street N, Suite 400-D, Birmingham, AL 35203.
We ask that you would continue to be in prayer for Mrs. Lillie Lockett and the family during this time of bereavement.
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