Rev. Dr. Wendell R. Grant



Wendell Reed Grant, D.Th., 77, of Marshall, Virginia, passed August 21, 2018, at Adler Center for Caring, Aldie, Virginia. He was born December 22, 1940, and was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Mae Grant and his mother, Fannie Mae Grant.

Dr. Grant, an ordained and licensed minister, was the former pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Marshall, Virginia, for more than 44 years, pastor of First Baptist Church, Washington, Virginia, for more than 37 years, and pastored Providence Baptist Church in Remington, Virginia for 10 years.

He attended Rectortown #12 Elementary School and was a 1959 graduate of William C. Taylor High School, Warrenton, Virginia. In 1965 he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, where he served as an Assistant Chaplain, Fort Polk, Louisiana and continued in ministry. Among his higher educational experiences included his matriculation at the Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Canada; the International Bible Institute, Plymouth, Florida; the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, Oak Brook, Illinois, and the School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia.

His educational and ministerial experiences were varied, as he sought to know the Word and to give his followers spiritual guidance. In addition to his pastoring, he was able to touch may souls through his teaching. He was blessed to serve as Adjunct Professor, the International Extension Seminary; and instructor at the Baptist Allied Bodies, Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Grant received honors in 1989 for his involvement with The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; he was listed in Who's Who in American Education 1989-90 and in Who's Who among Outstanding Americans 1995-96. He was a life member of the General Baptist Convention of Virginia and a member of the International Seminary Ministerial Association. He established the International Bible Training Center, an extension of International Seminary at both First Baptist Church, Washington, Virginia and at Salem Baptist Church, Marshall, Virginia. This seminary was very instrumental in training ministers, Bible teachers, and Christian workers to be successful in ministry.

Dr. Grant stated his philosophy of teaching in the following words: "My aim is to accept what God has given you, and with your willing mind and teachable spirit, give to you all that the Holy Spirit gives me to achieve God's purpose."

Dr. Grant was also very involved in many community, civic and private organizations. He also traveled extensively throughout the world, including the countries of Germany, France, Austria, Italy, and Canada, as well as two tours of Israel, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

He is survived by a son, Joseph "Joey" Grant of Charlottesville, Virginia; two sisters: Leona Lane of Delaplane, Virginia and Gloria Jean Diggs of Sterling, Virginia; three step-daughters; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Friday, August 31, 2018, from 9 am until 10 am, with funeral services starting at 10 am at Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Road, Rixeyville, Virginia, 22737. Rev. Ludwell Brown will officiate and Rev. Arthur Green will deliver the eulogy.

Interment with military honors will be in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia.