Donald Hilliard Jr., Other Pastors React to Passing of Frank Summerfield; Messages of Gratitude for his Life and Ministry Abound On Social Media

Bishop Frank Summerfield, pastor of the Word of God Fellowship Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, June 2nd, 2017. He was 67 years old. He leaves behind his wife, JoeNell Summerfield, and their four children — Frank Jr., Mitchell, Valisha, and Joshua.

The internet reacted to news of his death, with many posting messages of condolence and testifying to how Bishop Summerfield touched their lives.

Donald Hilliard, Jr., pastor of Cathedral International in New Jersey, tweeted, “Saddened to learn of the passing of #Bishop Frank Summerfield, Raleigh,NC. #RestInPeace.”

Pastor Patricio Wilson of Christ Family Church in Cary, N.C., said, “Please be in prayer for Pastor JoeNell and family in the passing of Bishop Frank Summerfield. Our hearts are saddened at his passing.”

D.A. Sherron, pastor of Global Fire Church in Brooklyn, NY, wrote, “My heart is grieved to hear of the loss of Bishop Frank Summerfield. Praying for his wife, son and family. Another General has gone on!”

Along with being a pastor, Frank Summerfield was an entrepreneur, life coach, financial consultant, and television director. He and his wife, JoeNell, were married for forty years. Each of their four children served in Summerfield’s ministry — Frank Jr. as a music minister, Mitchell as associate pastor, Valisha as human resource director, and Joshua as young adult pastor.

Summerfield graduated with a B.A. in Health & Physical Education from Kansas Wesleyan University; an M.A. in Health Education from Montclair State University; and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Saint Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.

Pastor Summerfield’s Facebook page overflowed with messages of gratitude. The post announcing his death garnered nearly 300 comments and over 500 shares within 24 hours.