Retirement celebration to honor Liberty City’s iconic pastor

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Dr. Freeman T. Wyche Sr., a Miami-based spiritual icon, is retiring after 72 years in ministry and more than 38 years at the Liberty City Church of Christ in Miami.

A program in celebration of the renowned pastor and evangelist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Miami Police B.A. Banquet Hall, 2300 NW St., Miami.

At 10 a.m. Feb. 12, there will be a worship service for the installation of Evangelist Eric Doss. A luncheon will be held at noon and the installation of Doss takes place at the church (1261 NW 67th St.) at 2 p.m.

Speakers for the services will include Minister Royce Lemon of Houston, Texas; Evangelist Wesley T. Leonard of Orlando; Attorney Fred Gray of Tuskegee, Alabama; and Minister Al Jackson of Jacksonville.

Minister and veteran
Born in 1930 in Valdosta, Georgia, Wyche’s family moved to Miami when he was an infant. Wyche attended public schools in Miami-Dade County and began preaching in 1945 while a student at Nashville Christian Institute in Tennessee. He graduated as valedictorian of his class.

Wyche earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Houston and his master’s from New York Theological Seminary, New York. Doctorate degrees were conferred by Faith College, Birmingham, Alabama.

He also is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force, Air Traffic Control School, serving 12 years as an air traffic controller. Wyche was trained and served 18 years in hospital administration. After 30 years of honorable service, Master Sergeant Wyche formally retired from the United States Air Force at Homestead Air Force Base in 1990.

Worldwide outreach
Prior to his work at the Liberty City Church of Christ, Wyche served as minister for the Third Ward Church of Christ in Houston, Bueltone Church of Christ in Lompoc, California, and has preached to thousands all over the world, including in Germany, France, North Africa, England, the Caribbeans, Korea and Israel. 

Wyche has chaired or served on the boards of many civic and educational organizations. They include the Alliance for Aging, Inc., Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; John H. Peavey Adolescent Health Center, Miami Northwestern Senior High School; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council; Miami-Dade Independent Review Panel; Urban League of Greater Miami; Dade County Council PTA/PTSA; Florida State PTA/PTSA; Carver YMCA, Family Christian Association of America; Pastoral Services, Jackson Memorial Hospital; and Take Stock in Children.

He has been married to wife Anna McCleskey Wyche for more than 61 years. They have three children, Freeman II, Zoe Terriann and Kermit as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Still plans to serve
In a Miami Herald interview last month, he spoke of his retirement plans. Wyche enjoys fishing, reading, bowling, golf, and solving word puzzles, and games.

“I also want to spend some time to visit the churches that I never had the opportunity to visit while I was the minister here. I’m talking about the churches that don’t get any headlines — the small churches, mostly in Florida,” Wyche said.

“I plan to assist them in any way I can. I also would like to visit with as many of my old preaching buddies as I can. Most are not in as good health as I am and can’t travel as I can. I’m thankful that I don’t have any real health issues,’’ he added.

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