Rev Albert Ernest “Brother Al” Bates

  • Birth 8 May 1936 Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 28 Mar 2004 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Sec. 1, Row H, Lot #38
  • Memorial ID 102789583

Rev. Albert Bates, ministered to poor, had radio program

HINGHAM - The Rev. Albert E. Bates, 67, of Hingham, who dedicated his life to ministering to the poor and needy, died Sunday at Northeast Specialty Hospital, Braintree.

Known as "Brother Al," the Rev. Bates spent more than 10 years as a minister in Boston's Combat Zone.

He dedicated his ministry to prisoners, the homeless and those who suffered from substance abuse. As a young man, he founded the Harborlights Gospel Team, which visited prisons, churches and missions in the Boston area.

His ministry was ecumenical; he symbolized his broad faith by wearing both a Star of David and a Christian cross. While he was raised a Congregationalist, he was later rebaptized as a Baptist and attended Catholic Masses.

The Rev. Bates joined Bible studies and charismatic groups at St. Joseph's Church in Quincy, St. Agatha's Church in Milton and St. Thomas More Church in Braintree.

He was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International.

He was well known for his appearances on the former television show "Evening Magazine" with Sara Edwards and was a frequent caller to radio talk shows. He had his own radio ministry on WROL.

Born in Quincy, the Rev. Bates lived in Braintree, Quincy and Cambridge before moving to Hingham two years ago.

He graduated from the Penniman School in Braintree, Braintree High School, Bob Jones University in North Carolina, the Boston Evening School of the Bible and Providence-Barrington Bible College. He also attended Harvard University.

He is survived by his former wife, Judith (Cox) Bates of Billerica; two daughters, Sandi E. Shochat of Lawrence and Joanne R. Healey of Burlington; a sister, Nancy J. Mills of Braintree; seven grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

The Rev. Richard Hotchkin will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church, 12 Elm St., Braintree. Burial will be in Braintree Cemetery.

Visiting is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington St., Braintree.

Donations may be made to the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, 194 Hingham St., Rockland 02370; the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston 02116; the Servants of Christ, 87A Maple St., Scituate 02066; or White Chapel Bell Choir at First Congregational Church, 12 Elm St., Braintree 02184.

Taken from the Patriot Ledger, dated 3/31/2004.

In early 1969, Rev. Bates, pastor of the Golden Rule Bible Class of Quincy, testified at the Massachusetts State House in favor of his bill prohibiting the teaching of Darwinism in public schools. "I'm a responsible clergyman who represents the fundamentalist point of view, not the lobbyist," the Rev. Bates is noted telling the Joint Education Committee. "A child has a right to believe his beliefs." He is also noted as saying on the subject, "The Bible is the one true source of creation."

Addtionally, in 1970, Albert Bates held himself up as a candidate for lieutenant governor under the Massachusetts Prohibitionist Party. Running with John Charles Hedges, they both lost the election, following behind even the Socialist Labor Party. Bates got 3,662 votes (or .20%) in total. This was also the last time the Massachusetts Prohibitionist Party ran for both thoe offices.

Sometime before 1971, Bates became director of the Harbor Lights Mission (now called Harbor Lights Center) located on Shawmut Street in Boston's South End neighborhood.

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Albert E.
May 8, 1936 - Mar. 28, 2004
"Be that cheerful little earful.
God bless you real, real good."
Brother Al
For God so loved the world that
he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.





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