Dr. Leon Christopher Bailey was born May 9, 1932 in Winston Salem, NC to the late Ernest Levi Bailey and Dora Sloane Bailey and accepted Christ at an early age. Dr. Bailey was a scholar earning degrees from: Gwynedd-Mercy College (B.A. History and B.S. Elementary Education); Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University); Seminary of Reformed Episcopal Church and Philadelphia Theological Seminary. Dr. Bailey was fluent in Hebrew and Greek. He was awarded numerous awards and certificates for outstanding leadership and service to church and community.
In Philadelphia, Dr. Bailey was Associate Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Pastor of Church of the Messiah-Reformed Episcopal and Founder of The Church of New Testament. He taught in Philadelphia at Christ Memorial Christian School, Manna Bible Institute and Leeds Middle School as well as Cathedral of Faith Christian School in Chesapeake, VA. He shared the anointed gift given to him by the Lord through teaching and lecturing at conferences and seminars. He mentored other ministers to develop a God-centered life of service and while attending Primeplus Adult Day service, led the Men’s Club in their weekly discussions.
Dr. Bailey served locally at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Virginia Beach under Dr. Todd Davidson and worshiped with Greater Saint Andrews A.M.E. Church under Rev. Timothy Smith, Sr. He loved his family and serving and teaching about his Lord and Savior. Dr. Bailey believed in true worship and loved to watch or listen to church services when his health prevented him from attending in person. He thoroughly enjoyed good gospel music and listened daily until he answered God’s call.
Dr. Bailey was predeceased by 4 siblings and his 4 children: Leon Charles Bailey; Deborah Ann Bailey; Shirley Ann Bailey and Leslie Jones. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Catherine L. Bailey; one son, Joseph Anthony Bailey (PA); two daughters, Veronica Montgomery (Scott) (WI) and MaryAnn Almay (VA); Children-in-love: Sonia Lewis Parham (Lionel) (VA), Madlyn Martin (PA), Brenda Hudson (NJ), Willie J. Martin (Sonya) (PA), Kenneth Martin (PA) and Shawn Martin (CA). He also leaves to cherish his memory one sister, Ernestine Bowie (NC); cousin like a brother, Ernest Lee Bailey as well as 42 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 12 great great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, mentees, church families and friends.