Timothy Wright: Gospel Singer, Church Pastor Dead at 61

April 24, 2009
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Rev. Timothy Wright, gospel singer, church pastor, was an influential Grammy nominated gospel music artist. See photos, video and a biography here of Pastor Wright known as the Godfather of Gospel and Pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York.

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Pastor Timothy Wright, 61, variously known as Timothy D. Wright, is in the news today as he has died at Bronx Veterans Hospital in Bronx, New York after a long period of recuperation from a serious car accident in July 2008 that saw the death of his wife, Co-Pastor Evangelist Betty J. Wright, 58 and grandson, D. J. Wright, 14.




As a biography, Pastor Timothy Wright was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was 61 years old. He was also known as Timothy D. Wright. He was married for 37 years to Betty J. Wright, variously known as Betty Wright. The couple had five children, Danny Wright, David Wright, Derrick Wright, Dwayne Wright and Donny Wright.

As a gospel music singer, musician and composer, he was known as the Godfather of Gospel. He had a powerful baritone voice and utilized mass choirs in songs that were frequently uptempo praise songs. He got his start at age 12, playing piano at his church and composing songs. He became music director of Washington Temple Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York while still in his early 20s.

He began his own choir in 1976, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir, which produced several hit songs including “You Must Come In at the Door,” “Troubles Don’t Last Always,” and “Who’s on the Lord’s Side?” Pastor Timothy Wright’s most recent album was the 2007 “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” whose title track’s focus is the victims of of Hurricane Katrina and was recorded live with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. Throughout his career, Rev. Timothy Wright recorded 19 gospel albums.

He received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for Come Thou Almighty King (1994), which he recorded with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. He received his second Grammy nod in the very same category in 1999 for Been There Done That, recorded with the B/J Mass Choir, featuring Myrna Summers.

Rev. Timothy Wright was pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York with his wife serving as a co-pastor. It was a church which he had started and served as pastor for 18 years.

On July 4, 2008, as Reverend Timothy Wright and his wife, and Co-Pastor Evangelist Betty J. Wright and their grandson D.J. Wright were returning from a church conference in Detroit when a drunk driver hit them head-on Interstate 80 in Greene Township in north central Pennsylvania, approximately 200 miles west of New York City, Wright’s wife and grandson were killed in the car crash. Police identified the driver as John Pick, 44, of Lewisburg, PA; he was also killed.

The news of the accident was stunning to the church and community and the gospel music world.

Reverend Timothy Wright, as the only survivor, was paralyzed by a C4 spinal cord injury in the accident and had undergone several months of rehabilitation at the Kessler Institute in West Orange, New Jersey before his ultimate death at age 61 at Bronx Veterans Hospital in Bronx, New York. In an interview last fall, he talked about the accident.

“I lost my wife, I lost my grandson, and for some reason, God left me here. “So here I am. “I didn’t lose her, because I know where she is. She’s in the arms of the Lord.”

Here are Timothy Wright photos. Watch video below.






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6 Responses to “Timothy Wright: Gospel Singer, Church Pastor Dead at 61”

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    Greg Owens Says:

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Wright. I met him in Indpls several years ago @ an annual”Soul Winner’s Conference” at Sander’s Temple COGIC where he preached”I have the Favor of GOD”.I have been honored down thru the years to lead most of his songs in different choirs(alway in C#/Db). Our prayers are that the Lord will Bless and Comfort his natural family and the Int’l Gospel community at large.

    Greg Owens(Indianapolis, IN)

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    mellis Says:

    I Sorry to here of this great loss,Pastor Wrights mission here on earth is fullfilled. All we need to do is listen to his message in song. JESUS,JESUS,JESUS

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    Ms. A. J. Mitchell Says:

    We here in the Miami, Florida area were saddened to hear of Rev. Wright’s passing but we know that he has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he kept the faith. MAy he R.I.P.

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    THOMASINA LUTER-HARPER Says:

    I WAS SADDEN TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF YET ANOTHER TRUE MAN OF GOD. ON BEHALF OF THE LUTER-HARPER FAMILY OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE WRIGHT FAMILY. LOOK TO THE HILLS FROM WHICH COMETH YOUR HELP. IT COMES FROM THE LORD!!!

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    Derek Brown Says:

    As a young man of God I am saddened to hear of the homegoing of the pastor. He has kept integral aspects in his life and ministry,the true calling of shepherds,pointing them to Jesus and him crucuified. He had not strayed from the mantle that was given him. In this day where prosperity preaching has taken over in the pulpit he has stayed focus on winning souls for Christ which will be his lasting legacy, A man of integrity, he has righteously earned his reward.

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