Granddaughter Talks About Pastor’s Legacy
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A longtime Chattanooga pastor died last Sunday, but his legacy still lives on at the church he started more than 50 years ago.
Bishop W.C. Hunter founded the World’s Church of the Living God in Chattanooga in 1964.
His television program was seen here on News 12 on Sundays.
“It’s family. It’s unity. It’s love. It’s positivity. It’s been an amazing experience. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Adrienne Hunter-Moss, Hunter’s granddaughter.
Hunter-Moss was raised in her grandfather’s church.
She’s watched it grow to seven campuses, stretching from here in Tennessee to Florida.
She says it’s amazing to see the changes made.
“From the very beginning, we were taught, you know, we were a spirit filled church led by the spirit of God, and the principles that we were taught was the foundation of our church,” Hunter-Moss said. “It’s love, forgiveness, and unity. And because of those attributes and characteristics and principles that we learned, it just grew throughout the church, and that’s what caused us to have the unity and grow like we did.”
Adrienne says she’ll miss her grandfather’s voice, his infectious laugh, and smile.
“He had a smile that you could come in the room and even though you may have not known how to handle the situation, that smile that he had was so comforting,” Hunter-Moss said. “It was so comforting, it would just put you at ease, and let you know everything was going to be all right.”
Adrienne says Hunter was faithful until the very end.
He was dedicated to teaching God’s Word.
“Anybody that knows him, you wouldn’t ever know that he was going through anything because he was strong, even in times of weakness,” Hunter-Moss said.
She says her 80-year-old grandfather made a big impact, not just on his church, but his community.
“There were a lot of people that listened to him on his radio program, as well as the television program that can testify that he impacted their lives and made a difference, so I think the entire city is sort of mourning him at this moment, but we miss him,” Hunter-Moss said.
A funeral service for Bishop W.C. Hunter will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in downtown Chattanooga.
A viewing precedes the service at 9 a.m.