Dr. Charles Booth, Well-Known Pastor and Leader in Columbus, Ohio, Dies After Battle With Cancer

A well-known Columbus pastor passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Reverend Dr. Charles E. Booth, who was the senior pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 428 E Main St., died on Saturday while in hospice care, said Tamara Hartley, a former executive assistant and office manager at the church.

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Booth was a family man who loved preaching.

He mentored many around the world and held the widely-attended Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference annually.

“He was a pillar in Columbus for 41 years and always had the courage to stand up for what was right, even when it wasn’t popular,” Hartley said.

Booth was active in the community and served on several boards and committees.

Booth will Lie in State 5:00pm-8:00pm and family will be present from 6:00pm -8:00pm, Wednesday March 27, 2019 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 428 E. Main St. An additional visitation will take place from 10:00am-11:00am Thursday March 28, 2019 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church; The Celebration of Life Service will follow at 11:00am. Entombment at Union Cemetery.

He took part in several city initiatives to help the city and also held forums following police shootings involving black males, Hartley said.

“He would coordinate teams to canvass neighborhoods and rallies to pray for our neighborhoods and keep our youth safe every year,” Hartley said.

Hartley said she began working at the Mount Olivet at age 23 and was close to Booth and his family.

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