EAST ORANGE, NJ - The City of East Orange mourns the death of arguably one of the most beloved pastors in the city, Bishop Limmie Forbes. Until his death, Bishop Forbes had the longest tenure as senior pastor of any Christian church in East Orange serving Faith Temple Free Will Baptist Church #1 for almost 60 years.
In 1959, Pastor Forbes established Faith Temple No. 1 in East Orange and in 1962, Faith Temple No. 2, now in Capitol Heights, MD. In 1978, he also established Faith Temple No. 3 in St. Paul, North Carolina. In 2005 he established Faith Temple No. 1 and 2 Extension Church, located in Wilson, North Carolina; with early morning worship services held on fourth Sundays monthly.
Beyond his many pastoral accomplishments, Bishop Forbes is remembered for his extensive community outreach endeavors; especially his annual breakfast where he personally cooked for the hundreds of East Orange men in attendance.
He is also the author of the book entitled, "The High Cost of Leadership", published by the M. L. King Fellows Press. In 1998 Bishop Forbes was recognized and honored as "Who's Who" among the many renowned leading ministers within the USA.