A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Pastor Francis was born January 9, 1953 to Drs. Earle & Marjorie Francis. He received his elementary and high school education in Nassau. He accepted Christ at the age of 17. He was licensed to preach in 1971 by his father Dr. Earle Francis of the First Baptist Church in Nassau. He came to the United States in 1971. He was ordained in the Gospel Ministry on Tuesday, February 28, 1974 by Rev. Wellington A. Johnson, Sr., who at the time was Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Smyrna, Tennessee.
Pastor Francis received his Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from American Baptist College of American Baptist Theological Seminary, Nashville Tennessee. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Selma University, Selma Alabama in 1989. Pastor Francis served as Pastor of Mt. View Baptist Church in Smyrna, Tennessee from 1974-1979, and the Alpha Baptist Church in Franklin, Kentucky from 1980-1992.
He has served in numerous religious organizations: President, Franklin-Simpson Ministerial Fellowship; instructor, Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention of America; writer, Young Adult Sunday School Quarterly and chief editor, National Baptist Publishing Board of National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; member, Committee on Uniform series, Education for Christian Life and Mission--Division of the National Council of Churches, U.S.A.; former First Vice-Moderator and Moderator, New Era District Association of Chicago & Vicinity.
He has actively served in civil organizations: member, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Franklin, Kentucky; board member, Barren River Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board, Inc., Bowling Green, Kentucky.
On Wednesday, January 8, 1992, Pastor Walstone E. Francis was called to pastor the Shiloh Baptist Church of Waukegan, Illinois. He accepted the call on Sunday, January 26, 1992 and assumed the pastorate on Sunday, March 1, 1992. On Sunday, May 3, 1992, he was officially installed as pastor by Dr. Earle Francis and Pastor Wellington Johnson.
On Tuesday, July 19, 1994, Pastor Francis became a United States Citizen.
Presently, Pastor Francis is serving in the Waukegan Civil Service Commission. He is an instructor, Sister Theresa B. Stackhouse Leadership School, Baptist General State Congress of Christian Education, and the Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; Other affiliations include: volunteer Chaplain, Victory Memorial Hospital and the Lake County Jail, Waukegan, Illinois; Fourth Vice-President and Chairman of Foreign Missions, Baptist General State Convention of Illinois; Adult Writer, Sunday School Publishing Board, National Baptist Convention, USA; and organizer and Moderator of the Lake Shore Baptist District in Waukegan and vicinity.
During his pastorate, he has crowned seven (7) deacons, six (6) in Shiloh; licensed ten (10) ministers, seven (7) in Shiloh, and has ordained six (6) preachers to the Gospel Ministry, three (3) in Shiloh.
Pastor Francis is renowned and highly regarded in the Christian ministry as a pastor, preacher, and teacher of the gospel. The effectiveness of his teaching ministry cannot be measured or overstated. He has special gifts in his knowledge of the Word, and his ability to explain the Scriptures for easy comprehension. His leadership and academic achievements are a blessing to the Shiloh Family. His messages are always convicting and inspiring. Pastor Francis is truly a man of God and loves the Almighty God. He always encourages his membership to read and study the Bible and be steadfast in their faith.
He is married to the lovely, loyal, and talented Mrs. Angelia Rene Otey Williams, since 1976. They have one son, Ronald, a daughter-in-law, Maria; five (5) special grandchildren: Angelica, LaSalle, Shawntrice Rene, Nigel Arnett, Cameron Antonio, and Lantz Antonio; four (4) adopted children: Diesha, John, Dyasha, and Jaykeha; and one (1) special daughter, Michaela.
His favorite verse is Psalm 27:14-- "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Assistant to the Pastor
Director – Board of Christian Education
Cub Scouts Pack and Boy Scouts Troop Leader
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
Master of Arts Christian Studies
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL
Masters of Divinity
General Superintendent of Sunday School
Assistant General Superintendent of Sunday School
Co-Chairman – Men’s Ministry
Member – The Board of Christian Education
Young Adult Ministry [YAM] Leader
Vacation Bible School Leader
Evangelism Team Leader
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