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Prophetess Dr. Bonnie R. Mitchell dies at age 70

The Gainesville Sun logo The Gainesville Sun 4/20/2021 By Cleveland Tinker
a person standing in front of a statue: Prophetess Dr. Bonnie Mitchell, right, stands with her husband Apostle Dr. Larry D. Mitchell. Bonnie Mitchell died April 14 at the age of 70 © Submitted photo Prophetess Dr. Bonnie Mitchell, right, stands with her husband Apostle Dr. Larry D. Mitchell. Bonnie Mitchell died April 14 at the age of 70

Prophetess Dr. Bonnie R. Mitchell, co-pastor and co-founder of Faith Tabernacle of Praise Ministries Inc. in Gainesville and Jacksonville, died at 4:45 a.m. on April 14 after a brief illness.

She was 70.

Mitchell was a registered nurse before becoming a true disciple of the gospel along with her husband when they co-founded their church 39 years ago, said Atawa Rollins, an assistant administrator with the church.

“I’m going to miss her kind and warm spirit, intense knowledge of the word of God and her passion for Christ,” Rollins said. “That woman had a passion for the Gospel.”

Apostle Dr. Larry D. Mitchell said he and his wife met doing the work of the Lord.

“I returned home to Gainesville being led by the spirit into ministry here,” he said. “She was also led to Gainesville from a different area into ministry and was very active in that ministry when we met.  God brought us together in marriage and ministry where we founded Faith Tabernacle of Praise Ministries in Gainesville.  We were later led to found an additional location of the ministry in Jacksonville. We are currently one church in two locations.”

Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Bonnie Mitchell was also a staunch education and Black history advocate. In 2005, she founded the African American History and Cultural Society to host annual events that promote and encourage the expression of African American culture in Gainesville. She also served on the Alachua County Poverty Reduction Board.

Mitchell was also a reading coach, and in 2009 she founded the College Bound Tutorial Program that provides tutoring, test prep and other educational resources to help at-risk students succeed in their educational pursuits, according to information provided by Dr. Terrell Brown, church administrator at Faith Tabernacle of Praise Ministries.

Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian psychology from Truth Bible College and Seminary in Jacksonville, a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in theology, clinical psychology and clinical social work.  Mitchell was also the site facilitator and founder of the Gainesville Christian Seminary, a Bible college that offers associate of arts to doctorate degrees in all ministry areas.

Larry Mitchell said his wife had a great impact on their ministry and the lives she touched.

“She was not only a co-pastor but also a certified counselor, a teacher, a preacher and a prophet,” he said. “Her compassion for people and knowledge of the word of God was truly a gift.  She worked diligently to impart that gift into those that she taught. The righteous life she lived was her greatest teaching tool. She left that legacy as a lesson to all the lives she touched.

“She had a great passion for the word and for the people around her,” he said. “Her desire was that all would be saved and come into the full knowledge of Christ.  She spoke it and lived it daily. The power of God was truly manifest in her life and her greatest desire was that others would be led to the body of Christ for that same experience.”

Larry Mitchell said the thing he will most remember about his wife is the love she had for him, family members and her love for people and passion for the word of God.

“She was the most righteous woman I know,” he said. “She was completely committed to the word of God, her church and most of all her family.”

Bonnie Mitchell is survived by her husband, Apostle Dr. Larry D. Mitchell and their five children; Vontrell, John, Ruth, Danielle and Daniel and six grandchildren; Julien, McKenzie, Aolani, Naomi, Titus, Carl, Ursula and Charis. She is also survived by one sister, Evangeline Roberts of Atlanta; three brothers, Tony Roberts of Palm Bay and Charlie Roberts and Solomon Roberts, both of Daytona Beach.

Funeral arrangements for Bonnie Mitchell include a viewing from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday at Faith Tabernacle of Praise Church, 5505 SW 63rd Blvd., and a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Faith Tabernacle of Praise.

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