National leaders celebrate the life of Bishop Roy LH Winbush
People from all over the world … including family and friends, and members of the Church of God in Christ gathered on Wednesday to remember and celebrate the life of famous Bishop Roy LH Winbush.
Winbush has served the Lafayette and Acadiana regions for over 65 years.
Her service transformed church leaders like Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard and First Lady Karen Clark Sheard.
“Bishop Roy Winbush was one of the brightest minds in our church,” said Sheard. “I am personally grateful because he invested in my life and taught me, and we are grateful for his impressive leadership,” he added.
National leaders from across the country came to honor the late bishop for the memorial episcopal celebration.
“It’s so important for us to be here because Bishop Winbush has likely impacted or had an influence on the lives of every person who is in the leadership,” said Sheard.
“Absolutely a brilliant spirit … I think we should above all remember him for his love for God, his family, definitely his love for the denominational community and really the impact he had here in the community of Lafayette” , COGIC Assistant to the Sunday School Department International Field Representative, Waynell Henson said.
“In a relatively obscure region like Opelousas, Lafayette, Crowely, Louisiana has come to change the world and be an organizational genius,” said Bishop LF Thuston.
“I think his uniqueness was that he was a man who could really go in any space and was brilliant wherever he turned up,” Henson said.
In 2013, Winbush was appointed nationally to the General Council of God in Christ, responsible for church governance and was consecrated prelate of Louisiana’s first jurisdiction for 35 years and held a number of national titles. estimated.
He was also a representative to the Congress of National Black Churches. He would later become its president.
His coffin, covered with purple red and a blue purple sheet symbolizing his service.
Mourning his wife of 65 years and two daughters, the late Winbush received his high school diploma from Crowley Industrial High School and a BA from Southern University A&M.
In 1979, Winbush and his wife established the Gethsemane Christian Academy and the Lapetite Early Childhood Development Center here in Lafayette.
Winbush served as a pastor for 65 years in the churches of Opelousas, Lafayette and Crowley.
He is also the recipient of an American Legion Award and a Korean War Veteran.
“Look at this man who was not just a pastor but had a radio station, a funeral home, an insurance company, and a daycare. Nobody did that, I mean nobody and led three churches, ”Thuston said.
“There will never be another Roy LH Winbush,” he added.
Those who knew him say he was a great leader who invested in people and the next generation.
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