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Elder John Peebles, Jr. of City of Praise Family Ministries has died

The City of Praise Family Ministries announced today that Elder John  Peebles, Jr. has died. The ministry released the following statement:

It is with sorrowful hearts that we announce the passing of Elder John Peebles, Jr., Minister of Music of The City of Praise Family Ministries. Elder John, Jr., graduated into Glory during an emergency surgery to repair a damaged artery.

Elder John, Jr., served The Kingdom with grace and power and has left an indelible mark on the lives of tens of thousands. He has now elevated to worship amongst the Cloud of Witness and joins his Father, Elder John, Sr., Grandparents, Bishop James and Apostle Betty Peebles and Pastor James Peebles, Jr.

The ministry was founded in 1964 under the guidance of the Rev. James R. Peebles, Sr. and Apostle Betty P. Peebles. Jericho City of Praise became one of the largest mega churches in the nation with more than 15,000 members. The ministry is located at 8501 Jericho City Dr., Landover, Maryland. The City of Praise Family Ministries is led by the Bishop Joel Peebles and Pastor Ylawnda Peebles.

City of Praise Family Ministries is asking for continued prayer for his wife Dionna, his mother Minister Yarnetta, his sister Yolonda and family members, as well as the City of Praise Family.

Funeral arrangements for Elder John Peebles, Jr. are pending.


Sarah Hearn
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