The Words of the Jenkins Family

The Passing of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Paige

Michael Jenkins
January 23, 2002

To: All Leaders; All Regional and State FFWPU, AFC, WFWP, Kodan, Organizational Directors, all Department Heads and all Tribal Messiahs

From: Rev. Michael Jenkins

Date: January 22, 2002

RE: The Passing of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Paige

Dear Leaders and All Families,

A great and historic man of God is now making the transition to the heavenly realm. Dr. Joseph Paige was loved by all. One of the earliest of the Christian leaders to receive the Blessing of Marriage from True Parents, Dr. Paige was a crusader of righteousness and justice. In his capacity as President of Shaw Divinity School of the prestigious Shaw University, Dr. Paige spearheaded the successful effort to honor True Father with an Honorary Doctoral Degree while he was in Danbury prison!! True Mother came to Shaw Divinity while Father was in Danbury to receive this honor. Great persecution came to Dr. Paige at that time but history will record that he never hesitated but stood strong. From his faith so many Christian leaders awakened to Jesus' anointing of True Father. Dr. Paige's church, family and life always prospered. Not only was this act a great comfort and reassurance to our True Parents but it also made a proclamation to the world that the righteous and great Christian leaders trusted in Father's holy mission and his innocence.

Dr. Paige was one of the "120" founding members of the American Clergy Leadership Conference. An historic moment was forever captured on video when Dr. Paige stood at the DMZ and wept for history. On the video documenting the founding of the ACLC, Dr. Paige is seen with tears rolling down his face a pastor is praying in the background, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.." Dr. Paige wept for Christianity and the American mission. He stood there weeping as he was reminded of his service during that war as a Korean war veteran who lost part of his hearing during the one battle.

Dr. Paige was the embodiment of Jesus love and forgiveness. His wife, Dr. Dorothy Paige always supported her husband and our True Parents. One thing that was most notable about them, they always moved together as one.

I can never forget the dinner we shared during the 50 state tour, after True Parents spoke in North Carolina. Dr. Paige was a gracious host for that most successful evening. As we dined in the midnight hour, I can never forget the joy that we shared as Dr. Paige praised Father's "no spare key" theology and Dr. Dorothy laughed until she almost fell off her chair.

We rejoice in the surety that this Holy Man of God will find a great and peaceful place of happiness with Jesus and the saints of God in the Spiritual World. He, as a blessed couple will never leave Dr. Dorothy's side.

Dr. Chang Shik Yang, our continental director will bring a message directly from Father for Dr. Paige.Rev. Jenkins will represent our North American church in our immense gratitude for this great man.

Let us rejoice in this natural time of transition of our True Brother in Christ.

Rev. Michael Jenkins
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification - USA

Rev. Tim Davis our Vice Regional Director, Rev. Burgee and many Unificationists will attend.

Rev. Tim Davis wrote the following concerning more details.

Dr. Joseph C. Paige, former President and Dean of Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh, passed away on Saturday night -January 19th, 2002. He and Mrs. Paige were at a concert when he said he didn't feel well so they left the concert and went home. He had a massive heart attack after arriving home. His funeral will be held at Shaw Divinity School at noon this Wednesday January 23, 2002. The immediate family asked that no flowers be sent but all donations be given to his church. All donations are payable to "Gethsemane Baptist Church Building Fund."

Any correspondence can be sent to:

Dorothy A. Demby-Paige
2610 Albemarle Avenue Raleigh, NC 27610

Dr. Paige was deeply loved by all Raleigh-NC members. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Timothy W. Davis
Vrd. NC

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