Trailblazing Pastor Transitioned to Glory
On February 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Heaven’s gates flung wide open to welcome a great pastor warrior, Pastor Emeritus, Lorene Priscilla (Stills) Goins. She was residing in Wilmington, Ohio.
Born August 2, 1929, in Xenia, Ohio, as the middle child, Lorene was the only daughter of Rufus Raymond Stills and Martha Lee Howaré Stills.
She was married for fifty-seven years to Pastor and Master-builder, Willmore Don Goins (deceased Nov 27, 2003).
They were parents of Donna J. Ware, Faye Files, Bruce Goins (deceased May 13, 2016), Lorraine Jordan, Victoria Newsom, Jane Goins, and deceased as newborns - Susan and William Goins.
Lorene accepted her call into the ministry at an early age was ordained and was licensed in multiple states. Her longest and last pastorate -which she founded, was Olive Chapel, Bartlett, Ohio.
Prior to Olive Chapel, she planted and/or was pastor of, World Peace Tabernacle, Xenia, Ohio, World Peace Tabernacle, Dayton, Ohio, World Peace Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, Ohio, and Alpha Chapel, Xenia, Ohio, and other churches. Pastor Goins ministered across the nation for sixty-five years before retiring to become Pastor Emeritus of Olive Chapel. For a few years, she broadcasted on the radio as a family counseling minister.
At the age of fourteen, her heart was nearly destroyed by rheumatic fever. Her prognosis - if she lived to be seventeen it would be nothing short of a miracle. In her late forties while living in Xenia, one day she felt her heart would just stop forever. She talked to her husband, and mom (Martha Lee Stills) then drove herself to the farm near Sharpsburg/Bartlett, Ohio area. She asked God to give her a new heart.
Pastor Goins told God she was not leaving the farm until she got a new heart and could walk the very long lane down to the mailbox on the road and back. Her visit to heaven where she did receive a new heart was recorded and distributed in volume issues of a newsletter called, “Heaven Readiness.” With her new heart from heaven, she was able to run the lane to the mailbox and back. Her new heart was documented by a team of doctors, who could only say the heart she had was not the diseased one they knew.
As one of the few bold women preachers in the early days, she traveled and preached. If declined access to the pulpit she declared she would preach from the front steps to the animals, it didn’t matter to her. She had to deliver the message God had given.
Pastor Goins played the piano, sang, preached and taught the Word, baptized, anointed, married and buried countless people, founded churches, founded E.G.I. (free) Bible Correspondence School, a shoe ministry, Bible gift ministry, food pantry, she and her husband created beautiful church calendars and partnered in the Pooh Bear Day Care Center. Through the years Pastor Lorene completed many missions for the Lord.
Pastor Lorene Goins earned a Certificate of Ministry from Rhema Bible College, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, an AA in Childhood Education, and a BA in Social Work from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
She wrote, played, and sang the song, I Looked Out One Day and Saw a Man Called Jesus.
She is preceded to Glory by her husband, Willmore Don Goins, her children, Bruce Montgomery, Susan Kay, and William Wesley Goins, her parents, Rufus and Martha Stills, her brothers, Lawoys and William Stills, her grandparents, John Paul and Ary Stills, and Val Jones, her parents-in-law, Sherman and Olive Goins.
Pastor Lorene had twelve grandchildren - Efram (Monicia), Farrakhan, Sivuca (Teri) Ware, Uchenna (Joseph) Youngblood, Raymond Lee and John-John Files, Richard, Lula, Megan, and Alexis Jordan, Rhonda (Michael) Colòn, Michkilyan (Abagail) and Michael Jr. (Monica) Goins. She had 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren
To all who want to get to heaven, to see her once again, Pastor Lorene would preach, “You must accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, follow His voice, and live the best life you can.” Pastor Goins will be terribly missed yet forever remembered. Her kindness, spiritual guidance, caring, and evangelism spirit lives on.
The entire family thanks each one who prayed a prayer, sent a card, made a phone call, sent an email or text, made a personal visit, offered a helping hand in any way, shape or form. We are indeed grateful. Blessings to you all.
Gaveside services will be held on Tues. Feb. 4, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. on the family farm at 3030 Roberts Road Amesville, Ohio.
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