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Pastor of the Week: Liberty City pastor seen as a spiritual icon

Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. has led congregation for 35 years

Gigi Tinsley | 8/22/2013, noon
Dr. Freeman T. Wyche

In the Liberty City community, Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. is considered a spiritual icon.

“He has earned that description,” said Minister Orlander T. Thomas, assistant to the pastor. “I have been under his ministry for three years and have never had to pray for a better or more grounded spiritual leader. He is one of the best.”

On Sunday, August 24, the Liberty City Church of Christ [1263 NW 67th Street] will demonstrate their love for Wyche and his wife, Anna McCleskey Wyche, for their 35 years of service.

Wyche attended the public schools of Miami-Dade County and began preaching in 1945, when he was a student at Nashville Christian Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Houston, a master’s degree from New York Theological Seminary and D.D and LL.D degrees from Faith College in

Birmingham, AL. He later attended and graduated from the U.S. Air Force, Air Traffic Control School and served 12 years as an Air Force traffic controller. He continued his career with 18 years in hospital administration and after 30 years of service, he retired as a master sergeant in 1990 from the U.S. Air Force.

Giving God the glory

Wyche is dedicated and very active in his community. He has served on the boards of many civic and educational organizations including: The Alliance for Aging, Inc., Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; John H. Peavey Adolescent Health Center, Miami Northwestern Senior High School; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council; Florida State PTA/PTSA; Carver YMCA, Family Christian Association of America, Inc.; Pastoral Services Jackson Memorial Hospital; and Take Stock In Children, just to name a few.

The Wyches have been married for more than 57 years and are the parents of three adult children: Freeman II, Zoe Terriann and Kermit. They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Wyche enjoys fishing, reading, bowling, golf and solving word puzzles and games.

“He also likes a big bowl of ice cream for his nighttime snack,” his wife adds.

His previous ministries have been in Tennessee, Alabama, California, and Texas. He has preached in Germany, France, North Africa, England, the Caribbean, Korea and Israel.