In gratitude for the life and ministry of Bishop Arthur Brazier

10-26-2010 by

Geoff Ashmun
Services have been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 28-29

McCormick Theological Seminary continues to hold in prayer the Brazier family and the people of Apostolic Church of God of Chicago, whose Pastor Emeritus, Bishop Arthur Brazier, died last Friday morning, October 22.

Bishop Brazier’s storied 48-year leadership of one of the most vital African American churches in the country will continue to be celebrated in the days and weeks ahead in Chicago and in communities nationwide. For its part, McCormick is deeply grateful for its longtime partnership with Apostolic Church of God and Bishop Brazier’s commitment to the development of faithful leaders in service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His ministry has helped McCormick become more rooted in and responsive to African American churches and communities throughout Chicago's South Side by encouraging members of his congregation to pursue theological education. Their presence at McCormick over the years has been a blessing to this community.

McCormick looks forward to many fruitful years of ministry together with the congregation under the leadership of Dr. Byron Brazier (M.Div. Class of 1996, D.Min., Class of 2000), current Pastor of Apostolic Church of God and a member of McCormick’s Board of Trustees, and Mrs. Mary Brazier (M.T.S., Class of 2010).

Please note the following dates, times, and locations for services honoring Bishop Arthur Brazier as announced on the Apostolic Church of God web site. Apostolic Church of God is located at 6320 Dorchester Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

  • The body of Bishop Brazier will lie in repose Thursday, October 28, from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. at the church.
  • We will hold the home-going service for the congregation on Thursday, October 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. This will be our time as a church family to celebrate Bishop Brazier's life.
  • On Friday, October 29, community, civic, and national leaders will honor Bishop Brazier. This viewing will occur from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. The service will begin at 11 a.m.