March 7, 1880 - 1924
|Rev. Frank R. Power was born at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on March 7, 1880. Later his family came to Louisiana and made their residence here. In 1901 Brother Power was licensed to preach in the Congregational Methodist Church and remained in the ministry of that denomination until the year 1906, when he came to our church. It is worthy of note in passing that all of the ministers who have come to us from the Congregational Methodist Church have made us valuable men and useful ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Among these are: Rev. J. C. Price, R. H. Hamburg and A. H. Parker, as well as the subject of this sketch.
Brother Power first served in our church the Bon Ami Charge, during the last six months of
the year 1906. He was received on trial into the Louisiana Conference in December 1906, and appointed to the Provencal Charge, where he remained one year. Following his pastorate at Provencal, he served Mooringsport four years, Logansport, three years, and Pelican, and Texas Avenue, Shreveport, the same period each. While he was at Mooringsport, in addition to his pastoral duties, he pursued a course of study at Centenary College for three years. In 1920 he was transferred and stationed at Wilmar, Arkansas, and, after a pastorate there of a year, was appointed to Portland, Arkansas, where he remained two years. In the fall of 1923 he came back to the Louisiana Conference and served Fairbanks for a year. The last nine months of his life and ministry were spent on the Sulphur and Vinton Charge. His health failed him during the last months of his ministry on this charge, but he continued to labor with zeal and effectiveness. During this period of illness, he was gradually exhausting his vital energies and, at Iowa, La., while on his way to his charge, his system undermined by ill health and overtaxed with labors and the privations of the ministry, refused to stand further strain, and the faithful minister of Christ and hero of the cross went to receive from his God his rich reward.
Not only as pastor did he render the Louisiana Conference and his fellows a noble service, but also in his labors in the evangelistic field did he win many souls for Christ and bring refreshment to the people of God.
When I come to consider his distinctive traits, I find them to be candor, sincerity, strength of conviction, the love of fair play and sim-plicity of faith; the strongest of these to me was his childlike faith in the promise of God. He believed that “God is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” It was indeed a privilege and inspiration to be his colaborer in the service of the kingdom, because of his strong faith. Due to his likable qualities and brotherly spirit he made many friends and won many admirers. ‘As a man, he was brave; as a friend, he was true; as a pastor, he was faithful; as an evangelist, he made full proof of his ministry.
May God’s sustaining grace be the portion of his bereaved loved ones, and may God’s blessings rest on his memory.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, , 1925, Pages 111-112by L. I. McCain.|