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Calvary Cemetery
Friday October 26th, 2018
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New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church
Friday October 26th, 2018

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Saturday October 27th, 2018

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Bishop Rudolph Bobby Lewis, Sr.

“Time is filled with swift transition…”

Bishop Rudolph B. Lewis transitioned from this life on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He was an ordained minister and the Senior Pastor of New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Born September 23, 1942, in Loris, South Carolina, Rudolph was the ninth child of the late William S. and Ruth B. Lewis. His future in the ministry was inevitable in that six of his parent’s ten children became ministers. He graduated from Finklea High School and attended Howard University; it was there he received his call into the ministry. In May 1995, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree and in March 2000, an Honorary Doctor of Law from Richmond Seminary and College.

For two years Elder Lewis served as National Youth President of the First United Churches of Jesus Christ before establishing the First United Church of Jesus Christ in Portsmouth, Virginia. During the fourteen years that he pastoredFirst United in Portsmouth, he was also the President of the Interdenominational Minister’s Forum. He was later a member of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Minister’s Conference of Norfolk, and a member of the Special Day Finance Committee of Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia.

In 1979, Elder Lewis became Pastor of New Light Baptist Church. His purpose there was to lead and guide God’s people by teaching and discipleship. The direction that he was leading the church was to change a generation by developing ministries dedicated to outreach that sought to propel people toward Jesus Christ and the uplifting of His kingdom. As a visionary, Pastor Lewis has led the New Light Baptist Church family and the surrounding community to be blessed through ever increasing ministries and an expanded multimillion-dollar facility.

In 1994, Reverend Lewis and New Light Baptist Church became affiliated with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. In November 1998 the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship ordained him Bishop. He was then appointed Bishop over the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Covenant Partners.  Bishop Lewis’ first book, Godly Principles and Grace, was released in May 1996. His personal ministry, “This is the Day” Ministries’ first crusade was held in Johannesburg, Africa in February 2006.  Bishop Lewis has preached in Israel, in thirteen African countries, at the Lott Carey Convention and the National Baptist Convention. His great mentorship produced countless pastors, ministers, and leaders throughout the world.

Bishop Lewis was predeceased by his parents William Stanley and Ruth Jackson Lewis his sisters, Freddie Flossie Lewis Lee and Annie Ruth Lewis Williams; and his brothers, Reverend William Stanley Lewis, Reverend James Edward Lewis, and Reverend Clarence Rudgle Lewis; his father in law, Elder Willie Lee Arnold; his mother in law, Missionary Virginia Copeland Arnold; a brother in law, Willie Arnold, Sr.; and a sister in law, Mary Elizabeth Stevens Arnold. 

Bishop Lewis has left to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 54 years, Maurine Arnold Lewis; the fruit of their marriage, four children, Minister April Lewis Gray of Virginia Beach,Virginia, Pastor Rudolph B. Lewis, Jr. of Harlem, New York, Pastor Estrelda Yvette Lewis of Virginia Beach,Virginia, and Vicki Nichole Lewis of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a very special brother in law and friend, Elder Samuel E. Arnold of Virginia Beach, Virginia; four grandchildren, CheLa Shanee’ Epps (Darreo) of Norfolk, Virginia, Cameka Monee’ Gray of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Michael Edward Gray, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Jermane Beckett, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia; eight great grandchildren, Jamel, Serenity, Zyiere, Nihl, Londyn, Silas, Vincenzio, and Maliyah; three Goddaughters, Mrs. Traci Price Birckhead (Kirk) of Bowie, Maryland, Ashly Stokes of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Maurine Lokossou of Bronx, New York; a sister; Helen Lewis Williams of Capitol Heights, Maryland., three brothers, Bishop John Morgan Lewis (Ernestine) of Waldorf, Maryland, Reverend Robert David Lewis (Lita) of Washington, D.C., and Charles Cleveland Lewis of Anderson, South Carolina; four sisters in law, Lula Bell Lewis of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Benzena Lewis of Laurel, Maryland, Elizabeth Lewis of Anderson, South Carolina, and Beverly Evans of Anderson, South Carolina; a brother in law, Elder Harold Lloyd Arnold (Dorothy) of Danville, Virginia; and three sisters in law, Marjorie Arnold Hobbs (Elder Freddie) of Atlanta, Georgia, Norma Lee Shields of Portsmouth, Virginia, and Pearl Arnold Jackson of Portsmouth, Virginia; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends; and the sons and daughters of New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church.




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Sending prayers and my deepest condolences to the beautiful family of Bishop Lewis. I'm in disbelief that he's gone but thankful to God he's in his heavenly home. May God bless your family and bring you comfort during your time of bereavement.
Brook Bell & Family

Brook Bell Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

To the Family of Bishop Rudolph Bobby Lewis, Sr.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4

On behalf of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship of the State of North Carolina, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Bishop Rudolph Bobby Lewis, Sr.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is our prayer that Gods strength and peace and the love of those around you will bring you comfort.

If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call on us.

In His Service,
Bishop Luther K. and Lady Kimberly Brooks
State Bishop and First Lady of North Carolina

State Bishop Luther K. and Lady Kimberly Brooks, North Carolina Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

The Lewis family always embraces, welcomes, and loves all they come in contact with. They make you a part of their family. Bishop was an true friend to us and a great example of righteousness. He life was well lived and his impact is powerful. We send our pray and love to the family.

Dallas and Janet Ellis

Ellis Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

To New Light Baptist Family,
All of my prayer are coming your way.

June White and Family

June White Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

To Bishop Rudolph B.Lewis Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bishop Lewis truly opened up the scriptures! I have enjoyed him over many years. Rest in God care, for we believe that death is not the end, but only a door that opens to Everlasting Life; for truly we know that those who die in the Lord is absent from the body, but present with the Lord. I am so glad that God blessed me to have known your husband First Lady Lewis. May you and the family be blessed by your "precious memories" that God so lavishly poured out on you all.

Catherine W. Harris & Family Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bishop Rudolph Lewis, Sr.

Dafney and D'Lorah Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

To the Rudolph Lewis families
My sincere sympathy to all
I last remember saying hello to
him serveral years ago when my class of BTW'71 invited by Deacon Willie Lee.
I'm Deborah Key (debbie.key30@yahoo.com)

Deborah Key Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

My sincerest prayers and condolences to the Lewis and New Light FGB Families. I remember working at New Light in the mid 90's with the aftercare program, and Rev.(asI used to call him) Lewis was always very nice and personable whenever he came to speak to the children. God has called his General home to lead in the eternal army of Lord. Be blessed!

Consuelo A. Hopkins Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bishop Rudolph Lewis, Sr.

Theodore R. Lewis Jr. Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

'Weeping may tarry for the night,
But joy cometh in the morning."
May God's riches blessings be upon you. Theodore R. Lewis Jr. and Family

Theodore R. Lewis Jr. Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

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