REVEREND OVIE E. LATTIMORE
Pastor, Teacher, Orator, Visionary, Builder, Counselor
Rev. Ovie E. Lattimore was born in Besemer City, North Carolina. He graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and lived in Plainfield, New Jersey for 41 years. His vision was to stand in the gap, build and to see peoples lives changed educationally, economically, and spiritually. He loved his work and spent hours assisting others.
Rev. Lattimore was a counselor to many; it didn’t matter if you were a member of the church, only that you were in need. Offering his support and help to the community was his gift from God. He loved his community and spent hours assisting others. Under his tutorledge many missionaries and ministers were licensed and ordained to carry the Gospel. Rev. Lattimore was a great orator and well known for his personal contributions. His kindness and sensitivity to the needs of people brought him to be recognized in the community and throughout the country as an outstanding spiritual leader.
His first pastorate was at St. Mark’s AME Church in Cranford, New Jersey and then he was appointed pastor to Mount Zion AME Church in Plainfield, New Jersey for twelve years. Rev. Lattimore founded Faith Congregational Methodist Church also in Plainfield in 1955. In 1964 he organized and established the Rose of Sharon Community Church. Under his leadership, he began to share with the church the vision and understanding that God gave him of salvation, faith and stewardship. Because of his passion to see young people continue their education, he opened the doors for over 20 students to advance on to college and obtain degrees.
Rev. Lattimore served as the first vice chairman of the Model Cities Neighborhood Council, the Vice President of School, Churches, Organizations…Partners in Education (SCOPE) and the Senior Citizen Council. He was a graduate of Livingstone College and in the 1970’s he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for serving as captain to the Livingstone Football Team. Rev. Lattimore was a charter member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He entered into eternal rest on May 3, 1980.
His favorite Bible verse was Matthew 6:33, “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”