Alonzo Elliott Vincent, age 80, of Grand Blanc, died Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at home with his family by his side.
Alonzo was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1941, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Alonzo and Kathleen Vincent. Raised and educated locally, Alonzo graduated from Withrow High School with the Class of 1959. Alonzo furthered his education and passion for ministries obtaining his Master of Divinity.
Alonzo followed his heart and path from God becoming a United Methodist Pastor for 52 years until his retirement in 2013 after serving in numerous churches in Arkansas, Northern Illinois, West Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He served in the East Winds District and Crossroads District at the following churches. Mt Morris: First, Attica, Birch Run, Flint, Bethel, and Detroit Area churches of Highland Park, Berea: St. Paul and Detroit: Cass Community UMC. Alonzo has served on United Methodist District, Conference, and Jurisdiction committees and boards. In Flint he served on the Board of Missions and Extension, District Committee on Ordained Ministry and Urban Ministries for the District. He was a consultant and trained for the General Board of Global Ministries’ Office of Urban Ministries, Black Community Developers’ Program, and National Urban Strategy Committee. Alonzo was a member of the Leadership Development Committee, Urban Steering Committee, and Alliance for Urban Ministries. He pastored single and multi-point charges. Alonzo was in specialized ministries such as Urban Parish Director, as the Director of Urban Strategy in the Milwaukee District and the District Superintendent. He initiated and started a Korean Congregation in a shared facility and a Hispanic Congregation. Alonzo was involved in the creation of the Black Community Developers Program and one of six persons who created the North Central Jurisdiction’s Urban Network.
Realizing that God has no retirement, Reverend Alonzo Vincent wasted no time and immediately became an Associate Minister with Mission of Peace Pentecostal Temple. He worked there tirelessly until his death.
Rev. Alonzo Vincent met, fell in love with, and married Rev. Elmira Smith on June 30, 1994, in Flint, Michigan. In his down time, Alonzo enjoyed playing cards such as solitaire and FreeCell. He enjoyed watching movies particularly Westerns and Sci-Fi; his all-time favorite movie was Godzilla. Alonzo enjoyed reading, studying, and debating the Bible. If you got a chance to meet Alonzo, you know he was a friend to everyone and he loved helping and guiding others. Most of all Alonzo loved his family, spending time with them and the church; he loved the church meetings, worship, and praise services.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Rev. Elmira Smith-Vincent; children: Rev. Tracy Chambers, Chaplin John and wife, Karla Slappy, Tomika Slappy, Rev. Zetter Slappy, and Dr. LaTesha Slappy; grandchildren: Alonia Slappy, Alanah Houston, Jabari Slappy, Micah Slappy, Cayman Chambers, Tyler Vincent, Jordan Vincent, and Jael Mellon; several close friends and other family members. Rev. Alonzo was preceded in death by his parents; and son: Rodney Vincent.
A special thank you to the Mission of Peace Church Family and Dr. Bayasi for everything they have done for Alonzo over the years. “My faith journey is filled with the unexpected and most of all God’s daily blessings. I stand in awe at God’s choice of calling me into His ministry. I am amazed that this unique invitation was and is daily extended to me. Even though I tried to run away as others have tried, it was no use. I surrendered.” – Rev. Alonzo Vincent
Funeral Services will take place at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Mission of Peace Pentecostal Temple in Flint. Rev. Charles S. G. Boayue, Jr. will officiate. The family will be present to receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00 pm.
Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to Peace Financial Center, envelopes will be available at the church.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Rev. Alonzo’s tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com.