January 19, 1929 - September 13, 2021
DUNLAP, Bishop Raymond Henry - Age 92, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021 at Acension-Genesys Hospital. Family hour 10:00 AM Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Spirit of Victory Outreach Ministry, 2920 W. Court St., with funeral service commencing at 11:00 AM Pastor Janard Lakes, Host Pastor, Elder Samuel L. Patton, Officiating, Bishop David Maxwell, Eulogist. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery, G4200 Belford Rd., Holly, MI. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10:00 AM Saturday. Bishop Dunlap will lie in state at Eliezer Church of the Apostolic Faith, 523 E. Hamilton Ave., and may be viewed from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday. Bishop Raymond Henry Dunlap was born to the late Bishop Sandy and Mother Emma Dunlap in Pratt City, Alabama on January 19, 1929. Bishop Dunlap graduated from Buffalo High School in West Virginia. He served two years in the U.S. Armed Services, receiving an honorable discharge in 1952. Bishop attended West Virginia Institute in Charleston, West Virginia, and later became a student at the world famous Aenon Bible College in Columbus, Ohio. In 1986 he graduated from National Theological Seminary of the Commonwealth University in St. Louis, Missouri with Bachelor of Arts in Theological conferred. Bishop received his real estate license in 1989 from Michigan Institute of Real Estate in 1989. On June 1, 1953 Raymond married the love of his life Lillian Bonita Thomas and together formed a loving union. From this union was born Priscilla, Nuana, Odelia, Raymond Jr., Sandy, Perry, and Emma. In 1954 Bishop accepted the call of God to preach the Gospel. He began his ministry at the Eliezer Church in Columbus, Ohio under the tutelage of his father, Bishop Sandy Dunlap. By 1960 he was elevated to Assistant Pastor. Through the years he served in many other positions in the local church and also held state offices. In 1966 after hearing a voice from the Lord, in a vision, saying “And I will send them two by two, into a land where I myself will later come,” Bishop and Mother Dunlap moved to Michigan and established the Eliezer Church of the Apostolic Faith - Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC). Bishop Dunlap faithfully served several capacities within the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. In 1977 he was elevated to District Elder; three years later in 1980 he was elevated to the office of Junior Bishop; and his steadfast charter and leadership earned him the honor of being ordained as a Bishop in August 1983. He presided as the Diocesan of the Northern Diocese of Michigan, and the former Diocesan of Minnesota. Under his leadership 14 churches of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ was established in Michigan and three in Minnesota. Bishop Dunlap trained over 50 ministers with several of them being pastors today. He was the establishmentarian of Berea Bible College (Formerly Christ Bible College, Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ). For thirty-two years Bishop Dunlap could be heard praying on the “Hour of Power” radio broadcast daily on 1420 am WFLT. He was known for his signature closing “For we are a blessed people, because we are God’s people. We are on our way to Heaven and enjoying the trip. We invite you to come and go with us for we will do you good. Let us all go with God.” Bishop Raymond Henry Dunlap leaves to cherish his memories: three daughters, Nuana, Odelia, and Emma Dunlap of Michigan; three sons, Raymond Jr., Sandy (Shara) Dunlap of Florida, and Perry (Tina) Dunlap of Michigan; son-in-law, George David Ward, III; 19 grandchildren, TaJuana (Trey) Benton, Tatilia (Dion) Burroughs, Bruce-Raymond (Lynn) King, Amelia Foster, LaToya (Jonathan) Drapeau, Sean Dunlap, Bre’Anna Dunlap, Charmaine (Julian) Nichols, Theresa (Delmikco) Copeland, LaNotta Dunlap, Justin (Deonquanic) Pope-Dunlap, Kayla (Jonathan) McMillian, Jaylen Dunlap, Sharon (Jonathan) Davis and Anthony Ward; 20 great-grandchildren, Bri’ana (Malik) Sims, Kyndal and Preston Burroughs, Naomi, Nathan, and David King, Carter Shannon, Mila Nichols, Liam Drapeau, and Garion, Des’Anaya, Mikco, Mario, Dariyah, Dariyus, Devon, and Dalonee Copeland, Kynadi McMillian, Zy’Mhir Pope-Dunlap, Sha’rron (TJay) Frederick and Jonathan Jr.; 6 great-great-grandchildren, Malik Sims Jr., Sincear, Jacari, Jaida, Kaliyah and Jonathan III; sister-in-law, Veronica Hill of Oxford, Alabama; 2 brothers-in-law, Deacon Tommy Fears of Atlanta, GA and Abraham Brown of Cleveland, OH; special niece, Melissa A. Smedley; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. God-children: Marguerite Mitchell, Shirley Godwin, Elder Samuel Patton, Eleanor Bentley, Chanceni Hamilton, and Arelillian Taylor; Special God-grandchildren Darwin Copeland, Ayunna Bentley, and Te’Ayshia Morgan. Bishop Dunlap was preceded in death by his wife, Mother Lillian Dunlap; 2 daughters, Priscilla Dunlap and Gloria Ward; parents, Bishop Sandy and Mother Emma Dunlap; 3 sisters, Mildred Lawson, Anna-Ruth Cochran and Ruby (Arthur) Smedley; 2 brothers, Joe (Doris) Dunlap and Charles Ronald; and twin brother and sister, Sandy and Emma Dunlap; grandparents Sandy and Margaret Dunlap. The family would like to express special thanks to the Eliezer Church of the Apostolic Faith family, Ascension Genesys Hospital 2nd and 4th floor staff, and Heartland Health Care Center – Briarwood Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Spirit Of Victory Church Pastor Janard Lakes and Pastor Jackson and the Refuge Temple Church of Flint.
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