|Rev Leonard Milson Blight|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1933|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2006|
Rev. Blight, pastor of Calvary Tabernacle in Hamilton for more than three decades, died of cancer at his Parkville home. He was 72. He was the son of a minister, was born in Baltimore and raised on Gay Street. He was a 1953 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral studies in 1956 from Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, NY. "His father was a minister, and his decision to go into the ministry was a calling from God." said his wife of 48 years, the former Shelva Jean Elick. After graduating from college, Mr. Blight was ordained into the Christian and Missionary Alliance and returned to Baltimore, where he trained under his father, who was pastor of Calvary Tabernacle in the 6000 block of Old Harford Road.
His first pastorate began in 1957 when he took over Burmont Road Alliance in Havertown, Pennsylvania, where he remained for a decade before moving to Lianerch Hills Chapel in Upper Darby, PA. After his father's death in 1974, he returned to Baltimore and took over his father's church.
In the early 1800's, Mr. Blight launched a building program and replaced the old sanctuary with a building that was dedicated in 1983. He purchased a vacant bank building across from the church, which was dedicated in 1990 as the Family Life Center. "There were others interested in the site,, such as the Southland Corp., who wanted to put a 7-Eleven store there. In the middle of the night, he got the notion that he wanted to purchase the building for the church", said Ed F Delaco-Lohr, a church member for 30 years. "With very little fanfare, he contacted bank officials and was able to secure it well, well below the market price." He said he felt that God had led him in that direction and the men he had to deal with."
Mr. Blight also made weekly broadcasts on WBMC, radio and since 1985, when he established a homeless ministry, church members have distributed food to the needy. His efforts working with the homeless earned him a "Channel 13 Salute" from WJZ-TV family members said.
He also served as a mentor to young people interested in the minisry and spent time visiting the sick and homebound. In 1990 he helped establish a church for Spanish congregants - the Iglesia Pen De Evange Missionary Church in the 300 block of S. Broadway - and donated the pulpit and pews to furnish it.
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