Archbishop Lucius Hall of First Church of Love And Faith, dies from COVID-19

Lucius Hall (center) with Reverend Clay Evans at First Church and Love's Fifth Anniversary celebration in 1985. (Chicago Crusader archives)

Crusader Staff Report

Many in Black Chicago are stunned and mourning the sudden death of Archbishop Lucius Hall. A beloved figure who founded and led the First Church of Love And Faith for 40 years in Auburn Gresham, Hall died this morning of COVID-19 at Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville, WVON’s Pam Morris reported to the Crusader. He was 87.

Handsome and charismatic, Hall was a prominent and respected clergy in Chicago, counting mayors, civil rights leaders and gospel singers among his regular colleagues. The late Reverend Clay Evans, former Mayors Richard M. Daley and Jane Byrne were among his admirers.

Lucius Hall with Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne in 1981. (Chicago Crusader Archives)

His biggest achievement was First Church of Love and Faith, which he founded on April, 18, 1980, according to a press release in the Chicago Crusader’s archives. The church actually began at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bronzeville.

Archbishop Lucius Hall

On July 13, 1980, the congregation moved to its present location with a ceremony that included a 425-car motorcade, according to documents in the Crusader archives. The new building was worth $500,000 at the time.

Known as the “Miracle on west 79th Street,” many prominent Black clergy and political leaders were guests at Hall’s church, including Dr. A.R. Leak, former Chicago Mayor and Congressman Harold Washington and the late Congressman Gus Savage. All three are gone.

As its Archbishop, Hall gained a loyal following with his spiritual leadership. In addition to being archbishop, Hall was national president of First Spiritual Churches of Truth, Inc. with First Church of Love and Faith serving as its home base. At the organization’s annual convention in 1987 the late Gospel singer Albertina Walker served as mistress of ceremonies. The Barrett Sisters attended the event as special guests.

Lucius Hall in 1981. (Chicago Crusader Archives)

Before he founded First Church of Love And Faith, Hall served under Reverend Clarence H. Cobbs as a spiritual radio announcer for 29 years with the First Church of Deliverance.

Hall grew up in the First Church of Deliverance. He gained attention as its radio announcer who produced a weekly broadcast. He also organized the Youth Department of the church’s convention and was vice president of the Broadcast Ministers Alliance of Chicago. In 1990, Mayor Daley appointed Hall Chairman of the Personnel Board for Chicago.

Hall pursued his undergraduate training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1993, Hall received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute in Houston Texas.

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  1. Reverend Hall endorsed Richie Daley, in the Special Chicago Mayoral Election of 1989, the last two years of what would have been Harold Washington’s term.

  2. Bill Smith – Chicago, since the ’50s, has always had a connection between the larger Black churches and City Hall. It’s how they survived. We didn’t like it, but that’s how it was [and still is]. Think of all of the press conferences when a cadre of Black preachers would stand behind the mayor giving implicit support.
    NOW – this is what I want to say about Bishop Lucius Hall, God rest his soul. That building was home to a succession of businesses, one of which I applied for a job that turned out to be MLM. I didn’t take it because I didn’t see the point. It was empty for a while, then Bishop Hall acquired it for his church.

    You couldn’t help but see him if you watched [or listened] to any Gospel Radio in this city. But the most inspiring thing I remember from him is when he shot a guy who was breaking into his food pantry. He was one of the first food pantries in the city [correct me if I’m wrong] that I remember, always asking for donations to help. Those were donations that were worth while. They did not arrest him or charge him for possession. And Bishop Hall said that they guy could’ve come to the door anytime, and he would’ve gotten all the food he needed. However, going about it the wrong way gave him the results he got. We need more pastors like that; God rest his soul.

  3. Archbishop Hall: The City Of Chicago and all the United States will truly miss you, especially in difficult times as this time in the midst of Pandemic 2020. I would always tune in to Channel 25 @7:00pm to hear your wonderful sermons, which inspired me to continue my Spiritual Path with the Lord. I know in deed that you are with God now in eternity. Thank Archbishop for loving and leading us and telling us to Stand up for right and not fear, always give ourselves over to the Lord in prayer. God Bless You!

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