Services will be held later this week for Bishop Carlis L. Moody Sr. who founded Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Evanston in 1957.

Moody died Saturday, Jan. 12, at age 84.

Born in Tifton, Georgia, he began preaching at the age of 11 in Waukegan, Illinois, and while still a youth also started a church in Milwaukee.

A history of Faith Temple says that at age 22 he founded the Evanston church with just nine members and gradually grew it to have several hundred.

Faith Temple, at 1932 Dewey Ave. (Google Maps)

Moody also established Faith Christian Academy, a private school offering classes from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The current church and school building was completed in 1998.

He was active in drug rehabiliation programs in the community and also served as international president of the Home and Foreign Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ and ministered in more than 38 countries.

Local services on Thursday, Jan. 17, will include visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. and a memorial service at 6 p.m., both at Faith Temple 

National homecoming services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, with a pre-past from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., and visitation from 8 to 10 a.m. at Faith Temple followed by a 10 a.m. service at the church.

Moody is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Moody, a daughter, Missionary Sideary King, and three sons, Pastor Carlis Moody Jr., Elder Anthony Moody Sr. and Minister Jeffrey Moody, as well as twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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