Fayetteville, NC (July 30, 2019) — Dr. Ken Wade Pritchard, father of pastor/singer/producer Wesley Pritchard, went to be with the Lord July 26 at age 84.

He and his wife, Lillian, were married for 59 years. Together they traveled and sang with their Southern Gospel quartet, The Centurions, before transitioning from music ministry into full-time pastoral ministry.

Dr. Pritchard was the founding pastor of Fayetteville Community Church, which he and Lillian started in 1972, and he served there until his passing. Pursuing a lifelong passion for studying the Bible, he earned his Doctorate of Divinity in 1996 from Christian Life School of Theology. He also served on the board of directors for International Missions Outreach to spread the gospel to Haiti and was instrumental in launching numerous missionaries and evangelists into ministry.

Dr. Pritchard is survived by his wife Lillian, two sons, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends.

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