Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King passed away, on Oct. 11, in her Atlanta home at 90-years-old. A private natural burial was held, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with a celebration of life service that was open to the public.
“Dr. Barbara Lewis King was a spiritual beacon throughout the world. I join her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of her stewardship in grieving her passing,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement. “During a time when our societal virtue is being tested, we will lean on Dr. Barbara’s legacy of peace, humanity and love.”
“As the moral muse of the Dr. Barbara Lewis King Interfaith Chapel in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dr. Barbara will remain an indelible source of inspiration and enlightenment for Atlantans and our visitors for generations to come.”
King is known as the founder of World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., a New Thought, an inclusive, healing ministry open to all people, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Dr. Barbara Lewis King was a source of light and inspiration – an icon in the City of Atlanta and beyond. Yesterday, heaven opened its doors to a Queen,” said Felicia A. Moore, Atlanta City Council President. “We will miss this vessel of God who shared so much with so many. Her ministry has been a beacon of hope to everyone who visited Hillside International Truth Center.”
“Dr. Barbara was my pastor and being in her presence was truly a blessing. It was my honor to join her for the celebration of her 90th birthday, during which I presented her with a proclamation declaring her day in the City of Atlanta. While she has transitioned from the flesh, her spirit will live on forever as will the love so many have for her. Let us take comfort in the many words of wisdom she has left through her books and videos wherein she shared the love of God with us all. We love you Dr. King and your legacy of service will forever be remembered!”
Hillside began with a prayer group of twelve in Dr. Barbara’s home in 1971 and now has thousands of members and supporters worldwide.
A native of Houston, Texas, King is a graduate of Texas Southern University and Atlanta University.
She received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit, Michigan at the age of 81, and also received several honorary doctoral degrees.
Her career in ministry started as the program administrator at Christ Universal Temple (Chicago) under her spiritual mentor, Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon.
An ordained minister and a professionally trained social work administrator, King served as Dean of Community Relations at Malcolm X College in Chicago, and was a college instructor as well as Dean of Students at Spelman College in Atlanta.
King was the first non-psychiatrist director of the Emory Mental Health Center which was headquartered in the Southside Comprehensive Health Center in Atlanta.
In addition, she hosted her own television program, “A New Thought, A New Life,” and appeared as a guest on shows produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tavis Smiley, and was called upon to offer commentary on national news programs, given guidance and counsel to heads of state, and participated in White House conferences and consultation with U.S. Presidents Carter and Clinton.