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92_HR0663 LRB9216023RHrh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The United Faith Missionary Baptist Church of 3 Winnebago County, Illinois was chartered on February 15, 4 1978, by the Reverend Willie L. Scott along with 5 approximately 200 members; and 6 WHEREAS, The first service at United Faith Missionary 7 Baptist Church was held on February 19, 1978, at 2717 West 8 State Street; and 9 WHEREAS, In March 24, 1978, the United Faith Missionary 10 Baptist Church was officially organized by Dr. J.B. Felker, 11 Jr., moderator of the Greater Era Baptist District 12 Association; Reverend Willie L. Scott was retained as pastor 13 by unanimous vote, with 249 members; under his leadership 14 United Faith moved to 111 Royal Avenue; and 15 WHEREAS, In 1982, Reverend Scott left and Reverend Eugene 16 Hardin was elected as pastor; under his leadership United 17 Faith moved from 111 Royal Avenue to 4426 Virginia Avenue; 18 and 19 WHEREAS, In 1988, Reverend Reginald Haywood was elected 20 as pastor of the United Faith Missionary Baptist Church; and 21 WHEREAS, On November 24, 1989, God saw fit to bless 22 United Faith with another leader, the Reverend John N. 23 Coleman; under his leadership the church continued to grow 24 and move forward and several changes and improvements were 25 made in and around the church; Reverend Coleman fought a good 26 fight, but his health failed and God called him home on 27 February 1, 2000; although United Faith hearts were heavy 28 with their loss, they continued to keep the faith and prayed 29 for God to send them a leader to complete their vision; and 30 WHEREAS, On December 17, 2000, United Faith prayers were 31 answered with the arrival of its new leader, the Reverend Dr. -2- LRB9216023RHrh 1 L.D. Tate; and 2 WHEREAS, The United Faith Missionary Baptist Church has 3 continued its mission of winning souls and educating 4 Christians for the past twenty-four years; therefore, be it 5 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY- 6 SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 7 declare February 10, 2002 as "United Faith Missionary Baptist 8 Church Day" in honor of 24 years of dedication and service to 9 the residents of Winnebago County; and be it further 10 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 11 presented to the Reverend Dr. L.D. Tate as an expression of 12 our esteem.
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