On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Bishop Carver E. Poindexter, a loving husband, devoted father, powerful teacher, and Senior Pastor of the Love of Christ Church, transitioned from his earthly home to his Heavenly Place in Glory. Bishop Carver Poindexter lived as a man of standard, humility, integrity, righteousness, and honor, as he led God’s people through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re coming together to celebrate and honor his life and legacy.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

MEMORIAL SERVICE EVENT INFORMATION

Event: Celebration of Life for Bishop Carver E. Poindexter

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Love of Christ Church – 101 Leadbeater St. Alexandria, VA 22305

Parking: Parking is available on the church parking lot. Street parking is also available.

Childcare: Childcare is not provided.

HOMEGOING SERVICE

HOMEGOING SERVICE EVENT INFORMATION

Event: Celebration of Life for Bishop Carver E. Poindexter

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Time: Viewing: 10:00 am | Service: 11:00 am

Location: Harvest Life Church – 14401 Telegraph Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Parking: Parking is available on the church parking lot. Overflow parking is available – directions to the overflow parking lot will be provided as necessary.

Clergy Attire: Please note that Bishops and Pastors who plan to attend the homegoing service and participate in the clergy processional on Saturday, January 29, 2022 should bring their clergy robes and arrive at Harvest Life by 10:30 am.

Childcare: Childcare is not provided.

OBITUARY

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Bishop Carver E. Poindexter, a loving husband, devoted father, powerful teacher, and Senior Pastor of the Love of Christ Church, transitioned from his earthly home to his Heavenly Place in Glory. Bishop Carver Poindexter lived as a man of standard, humility, integrity, righteousness, and honor, as he led God’s people through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Carver Edward Poindexter was born on February 2, 1944, to the late Jennie Bernita and Nelson Poindexter, Sr. in Washington, D.C. Carver grew up with his brother, the late Nelson “Billy” Poindexter, Jr. and his sister, Joan Jefferson.

He was passionate about many things, but he was most passionate about pleasing God. He was a Biblical scholar and historian constantly laboring in the study of God’s Word.

Bishop Poindexter’s heart was his wife, Pastor Lorene Poindexter, as they perpetually spent time together in prayer, discussing the Word, leading the church, laughing and traveling. He also loved spending time with family, watching football, singing, listening to music and good food.

As a young man, Carver shared his love for music as a renowned musician in a local band called the Embraceables, which garnered local and national attention. He fought for freedom and justice, even marching with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a frontline advocate at the March on Washington. He also served as the Assignment Manager for the Department of Defense.

Carver was married in Alexandria, Virginia on February 20, 1964, to his beloved wife of 58 years, Ollie Lorene
Cotton. Their marriage became a foundation of love and strength that continues to serve as a model to others.
Through this beautiful union, Carver and Lorene birthed two children, Deborah and Robin and lovingly adopted
four children, Ronnie, Oreale, Nora and Marlin. They also served as foster parents for many through the years.

Carver received Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior in 1976 and served faithfully at the Mount Nebo Pentecostal Church as an Usher, Deacon and Elder. In 1980, Elder Carver Poindexter received the call of God to become a Pastor. Elder Carver and First Lady Lorene Poindexter founded the Love of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia in April 1980. For 41 years, this powerful ministry couple served together faithfully, fulfilling the call of God through prayer, Bible Study, Worship Services and community programs such as Prison Ministry, Food Pantry, Homeless Ministry, Youth Programs and more.

One day, while driving through a snow storm God gave Bishop and Pastor Poindexter a song entitled “Power in the Word”. This song became a signature theme for their ministry and later became a hit song loved by many. The “Power in the Word” radio broadcast on WUST 1120 was launched in the late 1980’s in Washington, D.C. to reach the community and share God’s Word. Many people came into the church and got saved because of the broadcast.

Elder Poindexter was a powerful preacher and psalmist using his gifts in worship services at the church and across the country. He also led the Men’s Chorus and the Pastor’s Quartet. He used his music and ministry as an opportunity to minister grace and to disciple people in the community.

In 1987, Elder Carver Poindexter was elevated to the office of District Elder of the Northwestern District #2 in the International Bible Way organization under the leadership of Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell. In this role, Bishop faithfully led a group of churches and pastors in the Northern Virginia region, by providing pastoral covering, leadership empowerment trainings and fellowship events.

International Bible Way acknowledged his extraordinary leadership and elevated District Elder Carver Poindexter to the office of Bishop. He was also promoted to the Assistant Diocesan and Vice Presiding Bishop of the State of Virginia.

Bishop Poindexter’s leadership and commitment to discipleship has produced a kingdom movement, launching churches, pastors, and ministry leaders through the Love of Christ Church. Recognized for his scholarly knowledge and spiritual wisdom, Bishop Poindexter received his Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College.

In 2020, Bishop Poindexter was appointed as the Chief of Apostolic Biblical Studies for Churches United, a global network of churches in America, Europe, and Africa founded by Bishop Lyle Dukes and Pastor Deborah Dukes. His biblical insight served as an anchor and compass for Christian leaders.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop and Pastor Poindexter brought the “Power in the Word” broadcast to social media. The inspiration of the song and insightful empowering teaching brought hope to many across the globe via live streaming.

Bishop Carver Poindexter was a Kingdom builder and known for his relentless dedication to preaching, teaching, and leading with the truth of God’s Word. He has made a tremendous impact in this world and will always be treasured in our hearts.

Bishop Poindexter was preceded in death by his mother, Jennie Bernita Poindexter, his father, Nelson Poindexter and his brother, Nelson “Billy” Poindexter, Jr. Bishop Poindexter is survived by his wife, Pastor Lorene Poindexter, his sister, Joan Jefferson, children, Deborah Dukes (Lyle), Robin Roberts (Cecil), Ronnie Poindexter, Oreale Poindexter, Nora Jacques (Arold), Marlin Parham; his grandchildren, Brittany Dukes-Bryant, (Brandon), Brandee Roberts, James Carver Roberts, Nile, Ariel, Christian, Bellange and Journée; and his great-grandchildren, Malachi, Jeremiah, and Isaiah; and a host of sons and daughters in the gospel, spiritual children and grandchildren, church family and friends.

His legacy lives on through the passion and vision of his beautiful wife, Pastor Lorene Poindexter, family and church congregation of the Love of Christ Church.

Please continue to pray for strength, comfort and peace for the family and the beloved friends as we grieve the loss of this precious gift to the body of Christ.

In lieu of flowers and cards, please make a donation to the Love of Christ Church in honor of the legacy of Bishop Carver Poindexter | Cash App $LoveofChristChurch

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