Dr. Winston Ashley Leonard Sr.
Dr. Winston Ashley Leonard Sr., of Roanoke, was born on September 28, 1932, in Deal Island, Md. He died with his loving family surrounding him, following a lengthy battle of cancer. Fighting to the end with pain and suffering, he displayed a deep faith in his God, with grace and dignity.
Winston received his education in the Somerset County Maryland Public School System. He later went on to work and drudge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, before entering the military. He enlisted in the United States Army serving in Germany and Korea. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
He received his Bible training at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, W.Va., and went on to receive his Doctorate Degree in Theology. He served in many capacities such as entrepreneur, teacher, and Pastor throughout West Virginia and Virginia for 53 years. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Independent Bible Baptist Fellowship for several years. His greatest success was planting Metropolitan Baptist Church located at 2532 Shenandoah Avenue, NW, Roanoke, Va., in May of 1983, where he served faithfully as Pastor until his illness.
Winston was the son of the late Arthur and Acquilla Leonard. He was preceded in death by a daughter and brother. Those left to cherish his memory are his deeply devoted wife, Ernestine; children, Debra, Joseph, Truth, Richard (Lisa), Winston II, Stephen (Shonda) and Faith; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian Milbourne, Esther Wallace, and Vivian (Henry) Jones; brother, Paul (Akosua) Leonard; sister-in-law, Bernice Merchant; brothers-in-law, Willie (Grace) Flowers, Thomas Flowers, and George (Johnnie) Flowers; a host of nieces, nephews, devoted church family and friends; many members of the Independent Baptist Fellowship; and numerous adopted children who consider him their adopted dad.
Rev. Charlie Johnson
Rev. Charlie Johnson was the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also past president of the Independent Baptist Fellowship (IBF). He was a regular contributor to The Torch Leader Magazine. His articles "Deliver Us From Evil" and "The Righteous Man" can be read here. He was also a featured speaker at the Torch Conference on Revival and Evangelism held annually across the United States. His sermon "Deliver Us From Evil" is included in the book, When Black Preachers Preach: Leading Black Preachers Give Direction & Encouragement to a Nation That Has Lost Its Way, Vol. 1. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Johnson and one daughter and one grandson.