Dr. W. F. Washington, Sr., is one of the most respected and sought after gospel
ministers among the Afro-American churches of Christ today. His clear
presentation of the Gospel of Christ is unmatched in its plainness,
persuasiveness, and power. His voice can be heard on local and worldwide radio,
television, worldwide internet, and from pulpits all across America and the
world. He is a renowned Conflict Resolution Consultant for churches who, from
time to time, may experience church conflict.
Dr. Washington’s full time
ministry began in 1960 in Marshall, Texas while on a full paid football
scholarship at Bishop College, Dallas, Texas. He was the full time minister of
the Westside Church of Christ in Marshall for 17 years. He has held only two
local church works, Marshall, (17 years) and New Golden Heights, (36 years).
During the first four years as full time minister at Westside, he graduated from
Bishop College. As an undergrad, he was selected as “
Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges (1960).Upon graduation from Bishop he was immediately
hired by the President, Dr. M. K. Curry, as Asst. Dean of Men. During his tenure
at the College he served the College in the following capacities: Director of
Student Employment, Dean of Men, Dean of Student Personnel Services, (in charge
of all non-academic activities of the College), Dean of Students, and part time
Dr. Washington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science
from Bishop College with a minor in History and Western Civilization; thirty
Masters Degree hours in Contemporary Corrections (Criminology) from Sam Houston
State University; and a PhD in Behavioral Psychology, National Christian
University (1973). Dr. Washington was the second person to be a recipient of the
distinguished Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D) from Mississippi Valley
University, Itta Bena, Mississippi. (2002). He also received an honorary degree
of Doctorate of Laws (LL.D) from Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas
(2010). He also holds the distinction of establishing nine new congregations
throughout the Afro-American brotherhood of churches of Christ.
Dr. Washington’s classic Ph.D. Dissertation is entitled: “
Do Lower Class Blacks Commit Suicide at a Higher Rate than Whites in a Homicidal Mode through Victim Precipitation Due
to the Socialization Process and Role Engulfment?
” His dissertation was an elongation of the work of the world renowned criminologist Marvin E. Wolfgang of the University of Pittsburg.
Dr. Washington’s interest in criminology and
correction can be seen in the life work of his children: Willie Jr., Deputy
Sheriff, Broward Ct Fl, Marquite, Deputy Prosecutor, Dallas Ct Texas, Soncyarai,
DNA Annalist, Fulton Ct Ga. His wife Deloris has 30 Master hours in Contemporary
Correction from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
In addition to his employment at Westside church of Christ, Marshall, Texas, and Bishop
College, Dallas, Texas he has enjoyed the following employment endeavors:
High school teacher, North Dade High School, Opa Locka, FL
High school Asst. Track
Coach, North Dade High School
High school teacher, Pemberton High School, Marshall, Texas
High School Asst. Principal, Pemberton High school
Today, Dr. Washington is the full time minister of the New Golden Heights Church of Christ
where he has labored and preached for 36 years. When Dr. Washington arrived in
Ft. Lauderdale in 1974, he found a struggling yet dedicated 125 members. With
their help and prayers and the Mercy Grace and Favor of God, he and his
beautiful wife led them from a small back street 15th Court church house to a
1.5 million dollar new Cathedral on 10 acres located on the six lanes M .L. King
Blvd. in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. Under their leadership the “Heights” is
considered one of the largest and fastest growing African-American churches in
Broward County, Florida. Dr Washington is a respected leader among ministers of
faith, city, county, state and national elected officials. More than once the
“Heights” has been selected as the “church of the month” by local radio
stations. In 1989 the “Heights” was honored by the State Legislature of Florida
as the most “community involved” church in Broward County.
(The Golden Heights church feeds between 2000-3000 families each Thanksgiving)
In the same year Dr. Washington was selected as a “Great Personality of the South”. Dr. Washington
claims two memorable events in his secular life, other than his marriage to
Deloris and the birth of his children: his invitation and attendance as a V.I.P.
at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C., and his
meeting with Nelson Mandela.
His radio and television outreach ministries began
in 1974 when he began teaching every Sunday morning on WRBD. He now can be heard
on several daily radio programs and network television (ABC) weekly.
Dr. Washington’s steadfast commitment to evangelism and cultural empowerment is
demonstrated in the organizations he has founded and mentored. He founded the
Golden Heights Multi-Crisis Center in 1991 and founded the Golden Heights
Christian Academy in 1992. He is a prolific writer and author of several books
and publications. His most recent are: Journey to Canaan, (how to deal with the
crooks and bends on the road of life, 2003, a best seller). This award winning
book was selected by the Broward County Library Association to be placed on the
shelves of all public libraries in Broward County, FL.
Church Growth, Church Health and Church Administration
, (2006). Earlier publications include: Is God Black , (a critique of Black Israelism).
When You Have Lost a Love One, The
Church On a Collision Course, and A Powerless Church In a Crazy World, Abortion, Right or Wrong? The Christian and Stress, The Christian and Depression
Born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia, the great great son of a slave. At a very young age
he traveled, lodged with, and mentored by some of God’s greatest Gospel
preachers: Ulysses Shields, John Henry Clay (his father in the gospel), Marshall
Keeble, (President of the Nashville Christian Institute) William Whitaker, James
L. Cotheron, V. E. Williamson, Willie Ray, and David Shanks. Other special
mentors include R.N. Hogan, Luke Miller, S. T. W. Gibbs, Jr., Paul Settles,
Alonzo Rose, J. S. Winston and John O. Williams.
Dr. Washington is married to
Deloris Dixon of Hallsville, Texas. They have four children: Willie, Jr.,
Antonio, (deceased) Marquite’, and Soncyarai; four grandchildren; Arielle,
Gabrielle, Nevaeh and Nehemiah; one daughter-in law, Niermala; and two son’s
in-law, Orpheus and Daryl.
Dr. Washington’s stated purpose in life is, “to
glorify God and His son Jesus Christ in the fulfillment of His mission on earth.
To continue steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread
and in prayer. Confidently awaiting the glorious appearing of our Great God and
Savior Jesus Christ” (WFW)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
American Criminal Justice Society
Life Member, NAACP
Chairman, Golden Heights Community Service Organization
Great Personalities of the South
Who’s Who in Black America?
American Personnel Association
American Association of Christian School
National M. L. King, Jr., Memorial Committee
Bishop College National Alumni Association
U.S. President Clergy Committee