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Family is most important to Reverend Whisby

Gigi Tinsley | 2/20/2014, 9 a.m.
Elder Willie Whisby

Elder Willie Whisby “has had mature thoughts for as long as I have known him, and that is a long time,” Mrs. Thessalonia H. Tinsley, 92, said when asked by this reporter, her daughter. “As a young boy, he was helping his daddy and other grown men make repairs on houses. They were doing what you all now call ‘house flipping’ long before it was on television.”

Whisby is the son of the late Deacon Robert Lee and late Mother Moselle Jones Whisby. He is a product of Miami-Dade County Public School System, graduating from Miami Jackson Senior High School in 1978 at the age of 17.

He states that “No dramatic incident happened to me to make me accept the Lord as my personal Savior as a young man, nor to want me to become a pastor. All of this was a natural progression from what I was taught by my parents.”

Whisby added, “It is amazing to me that children can now tell their parents what they are and are not going to do. We didn’t have that ability. We knew that we had to go to Sunday School and church, every Sunday unless we were sick.”

In 1995, Our Lord House of Prayer united with Faith Mission for Christ and they are currently known as Faith Mission for Christ and are located at 4213 NW 17th Ave. Whisby and Elder Ricky Steward are known in their immediate area for the more than 200 families they serve every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The families receive vegetables, fruit, bread and meats, to help them get through the week with food to eat.”

Whisby says that he is “very concerned about the total individual, therefore, We don’t just hand them the food. We have a brief service before the food is disbursed so that their spiritual as well as their physical needs are met.”

After or before the service, any family member is allowed to share any issue they may have in the family at school or on their jobs. ‘Believe me,” Whisby said, “It is not easy trying to make it these days. With men not having jobs or full-time ones and the women not working at all. Wherever we can help, we do that.”

Whisby says he often “teaches the people of God that ministry is not just to teach how to to get to heaven but also how to live a great life here on earth, for heaven is already prepared to give us a great life in the hereafter.”

Whisby has nine siblings: Ethel, Pamela, Martha, Janet, Barbara, Diane, Pearlie, Robert, and Joseph.

He is single and “waiting for the Lord to send him that needed mate.”