Rev. Dr. John L. Wright

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, January 29, 2010

Tributes are pouring in acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments of The Rev. Dr. John L. Wright, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Guilford. This tremendous religious leader transcended geography by having an international sense of ministry with deep roots within the suburban and urban community. A world traveler, community activist, and theologian, he interpreted the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through a lens the included everyone, improved the quality of life of those left out, and promoted advocacy for those who needed a voice. His motto was, "If you see a good fight, get into it." I, like many clergy persons, can reflect on my personal relationship with him. Prior to my full understanding he prophesied that I would become the Pastor of Union Baptist Church. He participated in my Baptist Ordination and after a grueling period of time exclaimed, "this is enough" and offered the motion to cut off the questioning. We sat together in many meetings with public officials arguing for fair and equitable treatment for the citizens of our City and State. He was recognized in Ghana and proclaimed a Chief of a local tribe. This was the nature of this Man of God who was unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He will be missed. His influence will leave reverberations for all time.

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