RIP Elder Arlester Washington, Gospel Singer and Pastor

Pastor Arlester Washington with the Anointed Central Kentucky Mass Choir.

By Bob Marovich

The Journal of Gospel Music is saddened to learn of the transition of Elder Arlester Washington, gospel artist and pastor of Now Faith Worship Center in Lexington, Kentucky, as a result of a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday, April 9.

Originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, Pastor Washington migrated to Chicago, was a member of the Gospel Crystals and the Chicago Gospel Cavaliers, and traveled with the Caravans and Jessy Dixon. He founded the Anointed Central Kentucky Mass Choir in 1990.

Funeral Services are taking place THIS weekend:

1) Visitation: Friday, April 12th from 5:00-7:00pm. After the visitation will be a memorial service 7:00-8:00pm
Location: Now Faith Worship Center
1112 Faith Street, Lexington, KY

2) Funeral: Saturday, April 13th at 11:00am.
Location: Anchor Baptist Church
3601 Winthrop Drive
Lexington, KY

3) Burial: Immediately after service, Lexington Cemetery.

From the church family: Arrangements have been made this weekend to avoid conflicts with Easter and with out of town travelers in mind. We understand everyone may not be able to attend and sincerely appreciate all the prayers and support. Your calls, texts, and messages have been extremely uplifting in this difficult time. We are overwhelmed by your love.

Flowers can be sent to Now Faith Worship Center, 1112 Faith Street, Lexington, KY  40505.

JGM extends its deepest condolences to Pastor Washington’s family and church family.  I had the great fortune to be a guest at Now Faith Worship Center last year and enjoyed getting to know Pastor and the Now Faith family. We became fast friends and I will miss him dearly.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.