Frank Montgomery was born on April 19, 1930, in Bosqueville, Texas to H. and Josephine Miller Montgomery. He was the third of thirteen children. He graduated from Bosqueville High School.
Pastor Frank Montgomery joined the Army January 12,1951 and served until February 9,1953. He worked for Pollock Paper Company however his greatest and most loved occupation was working for the Lord.
Pastor Frank Montgomery’s life of ministry was modeled with unconditional love and a passion for God’s people. He leaves behind a field of memorial stones for others to stop, reflect, embrace and praise our Lord for this wonderful gift He shared with us on this side of Heaven.
Often referred to as the Senior Pastor of Waco Texas, McLennan County, and sounding areas, Pastor Montgomery has been a pivotal resource of wisdom, encouragement, and strength. With 56 years as Pastor of Marshall Chapel Baptist Church, he has ministered to thousands, mentored hundreds, and has left a huge impact on us all.
As a leader of leaders, Pastor Montgomery embarked on his pastoral journey in the year 1966 as the Pastor of Marshall Chapel Baptist Church, in what was referred to then as “No Man’s Land,” Waco Texas. His riveting, soul-stirring and powerful presentation of the gospel of Christ caused the church to grow beyond its walls. He moved the church to 422 Sherman Street, where the ministry grew in power, in the favor of God and the greater Waco community. Pastor Montgomery led the church to its current home on 1121 North 6th Street Waco Texas.
Throughout his life, Pastor Montgomery always looked for opportunities to serve his community and supporting young leaders in their area of gifting and callings. He served in the Willow Grove Baptist District Association as President of the Congress and Vice Moderator, and through his leadership was instrumental in providing ecclesiastical endorsements for more than 50 men and women across the United States to include Japan, Korea, Panama, and the Philippines. Pastor Montgomery, faithfully served as a board member of both the Grassroots Community Development and Brooks Oaks Neighborhood Associations.
Even though Pastor Montgomery was beginning to age he continued to serve his church and others. He made weekly hospital visitation to both Providence Health Care, Hillcrest Hospital, and Saint Catherine, Ridgecrest, Lakeshore Villa, and Quality Care.
His motivation was clear; it was God’s “Amazing Grace.”
In 2014, his unwavering stewardship, steadfast devotion, and unconditional love were formally recognized during the City of Waco’s Day of Proclamation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H. and Josephine Montgomery, his devoted and faithful wife of 44 years, Mercy Dee Montgomery, two sisters, Willie J. Anderson, and Dorothy L. Fortson, five brothers, Rev. Warren G. Montgomery, George Montgomery, Rev. Henry L. Montgomery, Deacon Bennie Montgomery and Harold B.Montgomery Sr.
He leaves to cherish: two sisters, Shirley (Pastor Dr. Thomas Earl) Malone and Beverly Kaye (Carey) Cobb: three brothers, Rev. Joe Montgomery, Wardell (Kelly) Montgomery and Donald (Shelia) Montgomery; one devoted daughter Jacqueline Cooper, one son Larry Watson, his “Baby Girl” Brianna Tyrone, three granddaughters, Laricea Watson, Stacey Horne-Watson and Tomyka Brown; two loving, sisters-in-law, Sadie Wilson and Earnestne Akers-Montgomery, one loyal caregiver, Brenda Henley; a dedicated niece, Rachel Montgomery-Swain, a loving and caring church family Marshall Chapel Baptist and a host of relatives family and friends.
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