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July 16, 2006

Albany -- A prominent religious leader in Albany is remembered by thousands of people in the community. Apostle Isaiah Revills died Friday of heart failure.

He founded Faith Evangelical Vision Ministries 53 years ago, and grew the movement to more than 3500 members. Those who knew him best took time to remember him, on the first Sunday back to church since he passed away.

Following the death of longtime leader Apostle Isaiah Revills, the tone at First Albany Deliverance Cathedral wasn't a somber one. But one of joy. Friends and family say his lifetime work is something to rejoice.

"Truely even though he was my father, he did not belong just to me, he belonged to the world. He was a man of God that was not just constrained to his family, he was so much larger than that" said his son and current pastor Bishop Felix Revills.

The man with a vision founded the evangelical ministry back in 1953. It was a time when such churches were looked down upon, but Revills pushed on, and influenced many lives along.

"He was always a man who not just talked about doing right or living right or having goals and aspirations in life, he was a person who proved what he said," said Betty Dickens.

"He's touched me in many ways ever since I was little and all the miracles I've seen God use through him, he's done a lot for the entire community," said Willmon Kelly.

Although Revill's mission on Earth is complete, his work carries on through the lives he touched, and the family he shaped.

"Anything that God is a part of cannot die, and that is his life story," said Bishop Felix Revills.

Apostle Isaiah Revills legacy is carried on and celebrated, and though he's gone, his spirit is what lives on.

Aside from the impact he made on the Albany community, Apostle Revills was also a global crusader. His movement was spread to east Africa and in Kenya. He had also helped established churches in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Those who wish to do so can pay respects to Apostle Bishop at the First Albany Deliverance Cathedral starting Friday from 9 in the morning until 6 that evening.

From 7 to 9 that night all area pastors are invited for a memorial service for Apostle Revills.

Saturday at 11 is the viewing for Revills, followed by the funeral at 1, both at the cathedral.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Garden of Memory on Martin Luther King Drive.

The family asks that in leiu of flowers, donations be made to the Apostle Isaiah Revills Vision foundation to help further the cause of evangelism worldwide.

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