Obituary of Apostle Bishop Edwin C. Peete
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesian 4:3.13) Bishop Edwin C. Peete quietly slept away to eternal rest the morning of Sunday, March 5, 2023, after a very short illness. He is the eldest child of six children of the late Ruth Butts and Eddie Peete, Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland. He accepted Christ at the age of nine under the leadership of his grandfather, the late Bishop Robert C. Butts of the Apostolic Faith Church of God, Inc. At the age of 10, he was made the Sunday school Superintendent for the adult class.
Bishop Peete displayed skills at an early age. He was an apprentice under his grandfather, and he managed his first grocery store at age 14 and has been a leader ever since.
In the year 1966 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Dorothy A. O’Neal. To this union were born two daughters, Alicia and Doretha and one son, Robert. He was later united in Holy Matrimony in 1977 to Carole L. Stewart. They shared parenting Vicki, Lanell, and the late Stewart and Montoya. At age 23 he was the youngest corporate head in the state of Maryland where he owned and operated LPS industries- a manufacturing company of small tools and appliances with over 50 employees. He was also a general contractor from 1976 to 1987, where he owned and operated Creative Builders, a home improvement business.
Bishop Peete was ordained in Baltimore, Maryland under the leadership of Dr. Dennis Golphin, Jr, of Choice Manna Ministries. In October 1996 in San Diego, California, he was commissioned as Bishop and Chief Apostle, God’s People In Action Ministry, Inc. God’s People In Action Ministries is an interdenominational Christian ministry of “helps” to churches, outreach, and the global community. He and his late wife, Evangelist Dr. Carole L. Peete, have invested many hours teaching, preaching, singing, building pulpits and hanging drywall; finding and delivering musical equipment; setting up bookkeeping systems and records for small churches; ordaining and licensing; and assisting other Christian churches and ministries whenever and wherever they can. If you needed a helping hand, he was always there to give you two hands.
In 1990 Bishop founded and pastored Believers Haven Christian Fellowship, San Diego CA. Upon moving to Tacoma, Washington in 1998 Bishop Peete continued to expand his ministry of “helps” throughout the Tacoma and Seattle areas as well as Portland, OR.
Wherever Bishop traveled he was noted for his speaking, singing, and his seminars. He conducted workshops especially for men in the ministry (How to Keep Your Biscuits Hot). Before passing he was currently involved in studies on the history of the Pentecostal church, with an emphasis on the activities of the late William J Seymour, studies on the human brain and its link to God and worship. He was also authoring a new book called “Cooking with the Bishop” and developing methods of financially stabilizing the institution of the church.
Bishop was a lifelong learner. He felt the need to further his education in theology and obtained a Doctor of Divinity from the A.B. Campbell Bible Institute, San Diego, CA, and through intensive studies at Harvard and Yale universities under the Graduate School of Episcopal Studies, Columbus, OH, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., presiding.
We the family find joy in the midst of our sorrow; for we know that “The Righteous Shall Never Be Forsaken and In the Way of Righteousness is Life; and the Pathway thereof there is No Death.”
He leaves to cherish his memories four daughters: Alicia Peete and Doretha Peete of Baltimore, MD and Lanell Jackson and Vicki Anderson of Winston-Salem, NC; one son: Robert Peete of Baltimore; three sisters Naomi Elizabeth Peete of Baltimore, MD; Rena Elaine Glover (Arthur) of Baltimore, MD; Rona Elise Weaver (Jeffrey) of York, PA; one brother, Stanley Thomas Peete of Baltimore, MD; nineteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a special devoted friend and fiancé, Evangelist Marcena Bates (Tacoma, WA); an Aunt, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives, very good and faithful church family and friends, and neighbors.
Services will be held 3pm, March 24, 2023 at Sons & Daughters of Thunder Ministries 1423 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, Washington.