Funeral Program for Pastor Walter L. Pearson Jr.

All attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Services will be stream live via Atlanta Berean SDA Church YouTube channel.

Order of Service

PreludeMr. Luther Washington, II, Organist
ProcessionalClergy, Platform Participants, and Family
Congregational HymnSDA Hymn #633, “When We All Get to Heaven”
Inspirational ReadingsDr. James Lamb, Associate Pastor – Berean SDA Church
Pastor Gregory Saunders, Associate Pastor – Berean SDA Church
Prayer/Pastoral RemarksDr. Sherwin Jack, Lead Pastor – Berean SDA Church
Musical SelectionMrs. Jacqueline Winston
ProclamationMr. DeMont Davis, Clayton County Commissioner
Reflections (Three minutes please)Pastor Daniel Jackson, President – North American Division
Pastor Charles E. Bradford*, Retired President – North American Division
Pastor Joseph W. McCoy*, Executive Director – Regional Conference Retirement Plan
Pastor Leslie Pollard*, President – Oakwood University

*Read by Mia-Liani Patterson
Ms. Lareatha Mitchell, Bible Instructor
Mr. Robert “Rocky” McDonald, Best Friend
Pastor Malcolm G. Taylor, Retired Associate Speaker/Director – Breath of Life
Musical SelectionTerra Trofort and Chosen Generation
Reflections (Three minutes please)Dr. C. Wesley Knight, Lead Pastor – Revision SDA Church
Chaplain Jynean Palmer Reid, Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy
Dr. MyRon Edmonds, Lead Pastor – Grace Community SDA Church
Pastor William Winston, President – South Atlantic Conference of SDA
Pastor Henry Fordham, President – Allegheny East Conference of SDA
Pastor Calvin Watkins, President – Southwest Region Conference of SDA
Pastor Robert Smith, Community Services Director – Allegheny East Conference
Musical SelectionPastor Wintley Phipps, CEO – U.S. Dream Academy & Lead Pastor – Palm Bay SDA Church
Video MemoriesBreath of Life Television Ministries
Family TributesMr. Charles “Chip” Joseph, Jr., Nephew
Pastor Devroux “Cody” Paige, Jr., Grandson
Mr. Walter L. Pearson, III, Son
Ms. Ericca L. Pearson, Daughter
Mrs. Patricia Daniely Pearson, Wife
Musical SelectionMrs. Grace Dorsey-Landy
EulogyDr. Carlton P. Byrd, Speaker/Director – Breath of Life & Lead Pastor – Oakwood University Church
Musical SelectionMrs. Melodie Carter
BenedictionDr. Walter Kimbrough, Pastor in Residence – Cliftondale United Methodist Church
RecessionalClergy, Platform Participants, and Family


The Pearson Family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to each of you for your visits, telephone calls, emails, social media messages, cards, acts of kindness, and most importantly, your heartfelt prayers in response to the loss of their beloved, Pastor Walter L. Pearson, Jr.

Special Thanks to

Dr. Sherwin Jack and the Berean SDA Church
Dr. Carlton P. Byrd and Breath of Life Television Ministries
Pastor William Winston and the South Atlantic Conference Nine Regional Conferences Oakwood University
Mr. Luther Washington, II Berean SDA Church
Media Ministries Department Berean SDA Church
Memorial Committee
Platform Participants, Musicians, Vocalists, and Ushers

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to:
Brown and Young Home of Funerals
7075 Swift Street
Lithonia, GA 30058

Elder Walter L. Pearson
By E. Lonnie Melashenko 

Good afternoon,

For nearly a dozen years Walter L. Pearson and I were associated together in media-ministry at the Adventist Media Center.  It was our privilege to minister together on several occasions. So I am attaching a special TRIBUTE in his honor. Perhaps the officiating minister might wish to quote excerpts during the homily on June 15 at  your Atlanta Berean Church. Would you kindly make copies of this available to family members as well? I will copy it to my former Director at VOICE OF PROPHECY, Elder Walter Arties.  He may also wish to forward it to other associates.

When I read the memo “blast” from the NAD this week indicating services would be held at the BEREAN Church, it brings back precious memories  BEREAN. You see, I was raised in a black church.  My father (Elder Joe Melashenko) was ordained in a black church.  One of my most memorable evangelistic campaigns in 2001 was held at the BEREAN CHURCH in Los Angeles, pastored by Dr. Kendall Guy.  Rock-and-roll born-again star Little Richard would attend on occasion in his glamorous white stretch limousine, accompanied by 8 bodyguards. He’d sit behind my wife Jeannie and shout “Amen, preach it brother!” during my sermons.  Afterward he would stand outside the church passing out autographed copies of “Steps to Christ.”

BEREAN CHURCH? Wow!  I simply could not miss this opportunity to send a tribute for my friend Walter L. Pearson — who will be memorialized at the BEREAN Church in Atlanta!  Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. We are storming the gates of heaven in behalf of the family and ministry friends.

Freighted with Christ’s love,
E. Lonnie Melashenko


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