It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Rev. Isaac Singleton.
I came to know him and worked with him through MAC, the Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations. MAC was the Metropolitan-wide, congregation-based community organization that incorporated JACOB (Joliet Area Church-based Organizing Body) which he helped to found and was a leader for many years.
In the early 2000s Rev. Singleton and I worked with a team-based leadership approach with him serving as president of MAC and me as vice-president. Always unassuming, he used to say, “my people are going ahead, I am their leader, I have to run and catch up with them!”
He was obviously beloved by the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he pastored for some 47 years. Speaking of his gratitude for the congregation he would say, “They let me practice my preaching on them for all these years!”
Born in Louisiana, he was always proud of the fact that he was one of the few Americans who could run for President of France, if he would so choose!
His legacy includes his work in the Civil Rights Movement and often spoke proudly of his close association with Dr. King.
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to know such an exuberant and joyful servant of God!
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord!” (Matthew 25:21)