Hanserd, Reverend Robert E.

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“Brother Bob”

ministry began in 1977, at Macedonia Baptist Church (2 years), then St. Paul Church of God in Christ

Executive Director for the Open Door Mission

served as Jail Chaplain for the Rockford Police Dept.

first African-American anchor of a Gospel radio program called the Gospel Hour.

Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014, p 31



Hines, Reverend George Harrison, Jr.

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born in Jackson, Mississippi

dedicated himself to urging members of the Black community to vote

pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 1966

founded Church of the Eleventh Hour Saints in 1972

served on boards and was advisor to others (listed in article)

Source:   Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014, p 30


Gilbert, Reverend Eldridge

“Early Black Religious Leaders”

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Gilbert and his wife, Irene Penn Gilbert, entered The American Baptist Theological Seminary in  Nashville, TN.

Co-founded several groups organized to address racial issues.

He is the first African-American to be awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree from Rockford College.

He was named one of Rockford’s Most Significant Citizens 1900 – 1950, and another from 1950-1999.

Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March, 2014, p 28