Bishop Rodney McFarland,Sr., Pastor
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Bishop (Pastor) Rodney McFarland, Sr., was born on July 24, 1968 in Hartford, Conn. After the death of his mother, Millicent Marie McFarland, at the age of 32, with breast cancer, he was place in the home of his grandmother,the Late Venetta Sadie Connor-Johnson of Crowville, Louisiana.
 
On August 9, 1979,at the age of 11, Bishop McFarland accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and united with the Pilgrim Baptist Church of Winnsboro under the leadership of the Late Rev. Eugene Lumpkin, Sr.  The following Sunday he was baptized in Owens Lake in the heart of Winnsboro by the Late Rev. Eugene Lumpkin, Sr.
 
Bishop McFarland transfered his membership to his family old church, the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church of Crowville, Louisiana under the leadership of the Rev. H. B. Rancher, after a few of the members of Pilgrim Baptist Church got together to dismiss Pastor Lumpkin. Bishop McFarland's heart was hurt on how they fired the Pastor, but God had other greater works for him, there at the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of 13, Bishop McFarland had a gift of teaching and was teaching Sunday School. And that same year began to serve as President of the Youth Department of the Church. He also was elected to serve as the church musician for the next five (5) years.
 
He received his secondary education at the Crowville High School and from there he went on to college in Chicago, Ill were he received a degree in Mortuary Science.
 
Bishop McFarland is the former President of the Louisiana State Association of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, where he served as the youngest President ever to be elected, being so by his colleagues across the state of Louisiana. He has served a 2 year term as a board member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and is the Founder, President and Mortician of The McFarland Funeral Companies of Delhi and Monroe, Louisiana. He was also the first Black Assistant Coroner of Richland Parish.
 
He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Phi Sigma Fraternity. Bishop McFarland is also a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, President of the Theta Chapter of Epsilon Nu Delta, a member of the American Society of Embalmers and the British Institute of Embalmers of the United Kingdom.
 
He serves as Grand Chaplain of the MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana, District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th  12th, 13th and 14th Masonic Districts, Past Master of Trinity Lodge # 175 F&AM, PHA; Past Grand Lecturer of the Esther Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Past Patron of A. L Brunner Chapter # 35 OES, PHA; Past General Grand Chaplain and Past Hon. Grand High Priest of the General Conference Grand Chapters of Holy Royal Arch Masons of the U.S. A. and Bahamas, PHA, Inc.,  Grand Chaplain of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana, Most Excellent High Priest of Widow's Son Chapter # 14 HRAM, PHA; Past Grand Court Director of the Grand Court, Heroines of Jericho of Louisiana, Past Worthy Joshua of Alice J. Clark Court # 46, Heroines of Jericho, Delhi, Louisiana; Assistant Grand Prelate of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of American, PHA, Grand Prelate of the Pelican Grand Commandery of Knights Templar Masons of Louisiana, Past Eminent Commander of King Solomon # 19, Knights of Templar, Monroe, Louisiana; Assisant Special Deputy of the Northern District of The Pelican Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Louisiana, Past Ill. Thrice Master of the Rodney McFarland, Sr. Council No. 4 of Royal and Select Masters of Monroe, Louisiana, a 33rd Degree Mason and serving as an Assistant Prior of the United Supreme Council of the Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the 33rd and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonary, Prince Hall Affiliation, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, State Grand Prior of the Pelican Council of Deliberation, Past Prior of Louis R. Price Consistory # 173, PHA; Deputy Imperial Chaplain of ,A.E.A.O.N.M.S. ,  Past Recorder of Jomadi Temple # 171 A.E.A.O.N.M.S. and Deputy of the Oasis of Dubar Temple # 250, A.E.A.O.N.M.S. 
 
Bishop McFarland surrendered to the Holy Call on May 23, 1987, and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel on December 24, 1988 by the Franklin Parish Missionary Baptist Educational Association. Bishop McFarland is the proud Pastor of the Greater Free Gift Missionary Baptist Church of Monroe, Louisiana for the past 25 years.  When he was called to Greater Free Gift, he  was the youngest pastor in the City of Monroe.
 
During his pastorate, he has baptized many in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He has performed numerous weddings of which many couples are still enjoying the state of holy matrimony.
 
He is the former Pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, Louisiana and the Ackland Creek Baptist Church of Jonesville, Louisiana. He is the Moderator (President) of the North Louisiana Old Line Missionary Baptist Association, Past Vice- President-at-Large of the Greater Louisiana State Convention. A member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. where he is now serving as the Assistant Parliamentarian.   
 
On the political level, he is the President of the  Monroe City School Board; Chairman of the Ouachita Parish Democratic Executive Committee and was a 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016  Elected Delegate to the National Democratic Convention.  
 
Many have applied the message of his teachings to their lives through his ministry and are now enjoying the crown of success through the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Being called to the ministry means, he is Christ-like, which means he is an enemy of sin and a lover of sinners. He has persuaded many to receive his message and to accept Christ as their personal Savior.
 
He is the husband of Nikki V. Wade-McFarland, the father of five wonderful children, Rev. Rodney McFarland, Jr., Quinton, Millicent Tony, and Christopher. God-father too many to name.