Noted Preacher and Pastor Bishop Odis Floyd Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

 

Gospelflava has been notified of the passing of Bishop Odis Floyd, celebrated senior pastor of the renowned New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan on November 28th. 

Bishop Floyd accepted his call to ministry in 1964 and assisted his grandfather, Reverend L W Owens in organizing the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1965.  He assumed the pastorate in 1969 and served for well over 40 years.  Under his  pastoral leadership, various outreach programs were initiated and New Jerusalem grew from a membership of 350 to well over 2,000.   The New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir recorded 2 independent ablums before being paired with the  undisputed King of Gospel, Reverend James Cleveland for the recording of Everything Will Be Alright  in 1978.  The choir would go on to record for the Savoy and Sound of Gospel labels and featured Bishop Floyd on a number of selections.

Bishop Floyd served in various capacities including 2nd Presiding Bishop of Bishop Paul Morton’s Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, Past President of the Baptist Assembly of Free Spirit Churches as well as a board member for Gospel Today Magazine and several other community and civic organizations.

Hear Bishop Floyd and the New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir sing Show Me the Way from their 1987 Sound of Gospel LP

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