Several celebration of life services are planned to honor the memory of Bishop Miquail M. Broadous, Sr., who passed away on Feb. 26 at the age of 47.
Bishop Broadous was the pastor of Grace Temple Baptist Church and Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Calvary Baptist Church in Pacoima. He served 20 years as the spiritual leader of Grace Temple, one year as head of Cedar Grove and a little over two months as Calvary’s pastor.
On March 9, he will lie in state from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Temple, 7017 S. Gramercy Place in Los Angeles. On March 10, he will lie in state from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist, 12928 Vaughn Street in San Fernando, followed by a homegoing celebration.
Another service takes place on March 11 at Southern Saint Paul Church, 4678 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. Bishop Broadous will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the homegoing will start immediately after. The Rev. Xavier L. Thompson, pastor of Southern, is also president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of L.A. and Southern California where Bishop Broadous served as a vice president.
Accepting the call to preach at the age of 14, Bishop Broadous was appointed assistant pastor of Grace Temple by his uncle, then-Pastor John Broadous, five years later. In 1996, his uncle retired and Bishop Broadous became pastor. The bishop later spearheaded a successful campaign to recognize his uncle’s contributions to the city.
During a dedication ceremony in 2011, Bishop Broadous and the Grace Temple Baptist Church family joined then-Councilman Bernard C. Parks in formally designating the intersection as ‘Pastor John Henry Broadous Square’ and unveiling a monument in his honor.
At the time, Bishop Broadous told the Sentinel, “Pastor Broadous did a lot of work for this community including food and clothing distributions as well as many programs for young people. I’m standing on his shoulders as we continue to build upon his legacy. His shoes are too big for me to fill, so I’m just standing on his shoulders.”
Condolences may be forwarded to Grace Temple Baptist Church or emailed to MMBLegacy@gmail.com.