Celebrating the life of Bishop Kiwanis Satchell
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Kiwanis Velma Lewis Satchell was the eldest daughter of four daughters and four sons born to Felix Early and Helen M. Lewis, bishops in the church established by Mary Lena Lewis Tate in 1903. Kiwanis was born on March 2, 1933 in Gainesville, Florida, but spent most of her early childhood in Nashville, Tennessee with her other eight siblings. Kiwanis, along with the others was very active in the church during her youth serving in many capacities including leading prayer services, taking minutes, and attending the various assemblies held during that period. She received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in Nashville in 1948. She was called into the preaching ministry in 1969 and ordained in 1971.
Kiwanis Lewis met and married the late James Addison Satchell in Chicago, Illinois where the couple lived for a brief time. Into this union were born three children, Rosemarie, James Addison, Jr., and Christopher Lewis Satchell. Subsequent to her call to the ministry, she returned to Florida under the tutorship of her parents in West Palm Beach. She completed secretarial training at Northwood Institute while in West Palm Beach. After the death of her father in 1968, Reverend Satchell was led by the Holy Ghost to leave Florida and re-establish her home in Tuskegee, Alabama. With the prayers and anointing of the Chief Overseer, Bishop Helen M. Lewis, Reverend Satchell and her children returned to Tuskegee in July 1971 to join her husband who was working in Tuskegee. During her tenure in Tuskegee, she worked for the Macon County Board of Education and later as a residence hall director at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). Since there was not an established church of the dominion in Tuskegee at the time Reverend Satchell and her family had services in her home. During this time, she made herself busy going into homes, hospitals and on her job reading the Scriptures, teaching True Holiness and Sanctification, and praying for the sick while continuously looking for a more permanent place to house the church. God did bless souls, save, and add to the church band in Tuskegee. Bishop Meharry H. Lewis, her brother, joined her in Tuskegee in 1971. Through much hard work, fasting, and praying (and the constant prodding of James A. Satchell, Sr.), God blessed Reverend Satchell and Bishop Lewis to engage a beautiful church at 3205 M. L. King Highway, West in Tuskegee. This temple was dedicated in October 1977. With the help of God, the wise leadership of the Chief Overseer, Bishop Helen M. Lewis, the state bishop, Bishop Meharry H. Lewis, and Elder K.V. Lewis Satchell, the church grew spiritually and temporally.
Reverend Satchell was appointed pastor of the church in Tuskegee in 1971. She was ordained to the Eldership in 1976 and appointed presiding elder in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee in 1982, which posts she held until 1987. In 1988 she was ordained as an evangelist-elder and appointed to work in Georgia. She was appointed pastor in Atlanta in 1989 and presiding elder in Northern Georgia and North Carolina. Bishop Satchell was ordained to Bishopric in the Church of the Living God, Inc. 2012-2013 General Assembly. Elder Kiwanis V. Satchell was one of the featured speakers at the 2008 Centennial Celebration.
Left to mourn her are 3 children: Rose Marie Satchell, James Satchell, Jr. (Patricia) and Elder Christopher Satchell (Felicia); 6 grandchildren and 1 great grand; 2 brothers, Dr. Meharry H. Lewis and Bishop Luke D. Lewis; 3 sisters, Evangelist Mary Louise Bankston, Bishop Gloria Lockhart and Elder Marguerite Redding; a host of other relatives, saints and friends. 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death, Hiawatha Lewis, Deacon Walter Lewis and Elder Helen Rose Rushing.
Wake Services, Friday, June 12, 2015, 6pm to 7pm, The Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc., 8368 West Balloon Lane, Crystal River, FL
Services: Saturday, June 13, 2015 ~ 11am ~ Saturday, June 13, 2015, The Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc.
Interment: Crystal Memorial Gardens, Crystal River, FL 34428