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F.L. Bland (1908-1975)


Frank Leon Bland was born in Newelton, Louisiana, 1908. He was united in marriage to Alga Bailey in Atlanta, Georgia, by the late J. G. Thomas in 1934, and it was here that they worked with Elder Thomas in many campaigns throughout the South. From that historic moment until 1973 Frank and Alga rendered a service in this church that is unparalleled in exploits for God in evangelism and church administration.

He pastored churches in Birmingham, Alabama, and Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; was treasurer of the newly organized Allegheny Conference; president of Central States Conference, with headquarters in Kansas City; and president of South Central Conference, with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. Through it all God was preparing him for a weightier and much wider service. At the General Conference session in San Francisco in 1962 he was elected secretary of the Regional Department. He was immediately recognized as a man of unusual financial and administrative acumen, and consequently at the General Conference session in 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, he was elected as a general vice-president, a position held until retirement in 1973. While in this position he was also chairman of the Oakwood College and Riverside Hospital boards.

He served the church with distinction for more than 40 years. He parted this life September 10, 1975, and leaves to mourn a loving, devoted wife, Alga; one sister, Ophelia Brown; one sister in-law, Mrs. L. H. Bland; nieces and nephews; and around the world a host of friends.

-The North American Informant, November-December 1975