Thursday, June 5, 2008

Feds honor the Rev. Earl Abel

The large blue and white postal building visible from Interstate 70 will bear a new name honoring one local man who has served Northeast and the entire Kansas City community.
This week, federal officials passed legislation renaming the facility at 1700 Cleveland Avenue the Reverend Earl Abel Post Office Building.

This congressional action is in tribute to Reverend Earl Abel’s years of dedication to the Kansas City community as a minister, dedicated community activist, and public servant. Rev. Abel passed away in May of 2005 after 48 years as a minister, including 46 years at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in Kansas City which he organized in 1959.

Reverend Abel established Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ with only 11 members, but today the church has grown into a much larger ministry in the Kansas City community. Under his leadership the church built two senior citizens residences, a Senior Activity Center and a church camp for both youths and adults. In the larger Kansas City community, Abel served many important roles including Chaplain for the Kansas City Police Department, President of the Baptist Ministers Union, and member of the Kansas City Council on Crime Prevention. In 1999, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan appointed him to the Appellate Judicial Commission.

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