Rev. Dr. Evelyn Rose JohnJuly 4, 1937 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 80)
Reverend Doctor Evelyn Rose John was the second daughter of the late Harold and Erica Arthur.
Evelyn's musical career blossomed after she won the local radio competition "In Search of a Star" when she was ten years old. Evelyn continued to captivate audiences with her melodious voice, singing at church concerts, charity shows, and she was a top soprano soloist at Guyana Music Festival. She was also the featured soloist at several sold-out recitals at the National Cultural Center in Georgetown, Guyana, and she sang duets with several accomplished tenors and baritones including the Governor General of Guyana, the late Sir David Rose. Evelyn had the distinct honor of being commissioned to be the first person ever to sing the Guyana National Anthem when Guyana gained Independence from Great Britain in 1966.
Soon after graduating high school, Evelyn married Llewellyn John and together they had five children, Helen, Richard, Dina, Marie and Hannah. Evelyn was also an accomplished seamstress, who specialized in making exquisite wedding gowns. She continued her singing career while raising her family.
In 1972, Evelyn entered a new phase of her life - becoming a student of the principles of metaphysics. She later became a teacher at the Guyana Unity Church.
In 1975, Evelyn recorded an album of gospel songs entitled "Roll the Stone of Hindrance Away." Several songs from that album including the title song and the song, "Lead Me Heavenly Father," became Number One hits on the local music charts.
In 1980, Evelyn was ordained a minister at the University of Healing in San Diego, California. Reverend John continued her ministry in Guyana before migrating to the United States of America in December 1983. On February 12, 1984, she founded the New Life Center of Truth in Brooklyn, New York with a congregation of about sixty students. Services were conducted in the now defunct Flatbush Academy.
Never being one to be satisfied with mediocrity, Rev. John worked tirelessly until the church was able to acquire its own building in June 1986. The first service was held there in September 1986. Rev. John received the Doctorate of Divinity on September 17, 1989. On several occasions, Rev. Dr. John was invited to conduct the invocation at the opening sessions of both the New York Senate and the New York State House Assembly in Albany New York. In addition, she spoke at conferences nationally and internationally in countries such as India. Greece, Peru, Bali, Japan, and South Korea.
Rev. Dr. John best and most lasting legacy is her disposition. She was blessed with the gifts of love, patience, tolerance, selflessness, caring and charm. She was never too busy to listen to the many and varied problems of the members of her church family and to give them the benefit of her knowledge and experience. She will be sorely missed.
Rev. Dr. John leaves to mourn, her husband Lewellyn, her five children Helen, Richard, Dina, Marie and Hannah, her four grandchildren, Monique, Daniella, Tariq and Dyese, her two sisters, Patricia Fraser and Joanne Williams, her two brothers Eton and Ronald Arthur, her huge church family, and relatives and friends too numerous to name.