“Gone To Soon”…. Farewell to another Soldier: Bishop Gregory Parris

“Gone To Soon”…. Farewell to another Soldier: Bishop Gregory Parris

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Bishop Gregory Parris

Bishop Gregory Parris

Bishop Gregory Parris, pastor, musician, and community leader, passed away Feb. 28, at the age of 62.

Bishop Parris had been senior pastor at Church of Love Faith Center in Rochester, and in Metropolitan Washington, DC.

In addition to his role as pastor, Parris also served as director of the University of Rochester Christian Fellowship, director of a local multicultural organization of pastors called S.T.R.I.K.E., and as a member of the board of directors of Reconciliation! International Ministries.

Most recently, he had also participated in Mayor Lovely Warren’s “Clergy on Patrol” initiative; a program the city started in 2014, which paired local clergy members and police officers on foot patrols, in an effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

“Bishop Gregory Parris was not only a great man of God, but I also considered him to be a great friend,” Mayor Warren stated. “Bishop Parris always placed the needs of the community ahead of his personal needs. He was one of the first pastors to support my Clergy on Patrol initiative. He was the embodiment of selflessness. Our city has lost one of its great leaders, and we are diminished due to his passing.”

Parris majored in cello and saxophone performance at the University of Maryland, and received his B.A. in music from the University of Rochester. He also served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Board of Directors, and as the director of the Eagle Youth Arts Academy.