04/28/09 — TINO BELL

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Died April 27, 2009

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

In humble submission to the will of Almighty God, McIntyre Funeral Home Ministries joins the Bell family to announce the death of Apostle Tino Bell, the pastor of Mount Zion Church Ministries. Apostle Bell passed from earth to glory Monday at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill.

A man of powerful anointing and vision, Apostle Tino L. Bell was the pastor of Mount Zion Church Ministries and rose from death's bed to a lifetime devotion to Christ. More than 25 years after the forecast of his death, Apostle Bell yet lived.

Basing his ministry strictly upon teaching and growth, within a period of 10 years of Apostle Bell's leadership, Mount Zion Church Ministries flourished from what were 40 members to 600 members by 1990, and is continuing to increase. He spoke to capacity crowds in and away from Mount Zion. A principle to which Apostle Bell held firmly, tithes were the sole source of monies for the Mount Zion Church Ministries family.

Apostle Bell lent himself to full-time ministry and fostered such programs as Covenant Care Ministry, Pastoral Care, Evangelism, Instruction of Congregational Ministers and Outreach. God also blessed him with a vision that consisted of the completion of the Marie L. Altman Multipurpose Center on the grounds of Mount Zion Disciples of Christ Church and a fully equipped fellowship hall for dining and unlimited spiritual programming.

In 1995, he founded Faith House Ministries, an evangelistic outreach ministry, which took him all over the country preaching the Gospel, which placed emphasis on workshops and church organizational structures.

Seeing Apostle Bell's faithfulness, God blessed him to be the visionary of Phase II, namely Rhema Christian Academy, formally known as Mount Zion Christian Academy, a school that allows children to learn not only original academics, but also righteousness, repentance and restoration. The academy consists of grades kindergarten through 12.

In 1995, his message, "What Can We See Now" was published in Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches, which consists of speeches of African-American leaders throughout the country.

Later in 1996, he joined the Parks Legacy Team and Rosa Parks in a 40-city tour of the United States commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott. As a team member, Apostle Bell served as a keynote speaker in cities such as Anchorage, Alaska; Charlotte; Denver, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; Japan; Spain; and England. He also served as state coordinator of the Pathway to Freedom Program.

Although ministry occupied much of his time, Apostle Bell was married to the lovely Stephanie Anderson-Bell and was a devoted father of four daughters, Tiffany, Tia, Taylor and Tatiana. He was the son of Wayne County commissioner John M. and Annie L. Bell.

Apostle Bell often quoted, and was a firm believer of, the passage of Scripture in Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 31, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as an eagle; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

Arrangements are incomplete at McIntyre Funeral Home Ministries of Goldsboro.

Online condolences may be posted at www.mcintyrefh.com.


Published in Obituaries on April 28, 2009 1:47 PM