Albany - - Thousands of people packed First Albany Deliverance Cathedral today to pay tribute to a Pastor who died of heart failure a week ago. Apostle Isaiah Revills formed the Faith Evangelical Vision Ministires over 50 years ago. Today, city leaders, pastors, church members, and friends reflected on Revills as his body was laid to rest.
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. One of many songs sung at today's funeral honoring a man whose ministry reached outside of his church doors.
"It was a blessing having the opportunity to be mentored and raised by a great man who was not only a spiritual leader but a great father, entreupnuer, a leader and inspiration to many people in the whole world," says Connie Smile
Apostle Revills adopted Smile when she was 14 years old after a rough life with her biological family. Revills was a mentor to many, including his sons. Minister Ellery Revills pastored a church in Camilla. Today, he's involved in ministry in Atlanta.
"My father was a great inspiration to me and always will be a great inspiration to me and my family. All of us in the family are in the ministry and the ministry is our foundation," Revills says.
It's a foundation that started when they were young. His son recalls childhood memories traveling the world.
"My brother and I traveled with my father to Israel, Haiti, across the country," he says.
It may be why so many people attended this service. His body lay in a golden casket. His supporters celebrate, instead of cry.
"My daddy was a man that was filled with great love and great passion for the Lord so anytime you have a man and leader so great and inspired so many to walk as Christ walked and as Christ's disciples walked, it's going to be a jubilant time, it's going to be a celebration," Revills says.
Apostle Cleveland Smith from Mobile Alabama gave the eulogy, lifting up people's spirts all the more.
Revills' ministry spread to east Africa, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. He was buried today at the Rose Lawn Garden of Memory on Martin Luther King Drive.