A dynamic preacher, mentor, leader and friend, but most importantly a true man of God, are just a few of the expressions used by many to describe Rev. Delano Roosevelt Paige. As a longtime leader of one of the most well-known churches in Pittsburgh, Rev. Paige was dedicated to his ministries, his followers and his community, but on June 22, he was unexpectedly called home to receive his crown. He was 75 years old.
REV. DELANO R. PAIGE
“Reverend Paige was a dynamic human being and spiritual leader and spiritual warrior. He was larger than Rodman, the church he pastored, and his denomination. He was really about God’s Kingdom,” said Bishop Loran Mann, pastor of Pentecostal Temple COGIC in East Liberty.
He was laid to rest June 26 at Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District.
Reverend Paige was born Nov. 3, 1936 and graduated from Cannonsburg High School in 1955. He later went on to attend Geneva College and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
It was in 1972 that he would realize his true calling and accept the Lord’s call to the ministry, which he served faithfully for nearly 40 years, and a year later he was licensed and ordained. He began his ministry at St. John Baptist Church in Lawrence, Pa., followed by Second Baptist Church in Beaver Falls, Pa. But it was in 1984 that he would find a place he truly called home when he was installed as the pastor of Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church in East Liberty. He served as the head for 24 years until his retirement in 2008.
“For me Pastor Paige laid a great foundation for a new pastor coming in to Rodman. He very graciously passed the baton to me without an interference and served as a great advocate for the administration,” said Rev. Darryl T. Canady, current pastor of Rodman and Paige’s successor after his retirement. “He was a great mentor and friend, especially to young ministers. Even in his retirement he continued his thrust for justice for all people. He stayed actively involved on the board of Naomi’s Place (Transitional Housing); a (program) he was very instrumental in starting. That says a lot about him.”
Bishop Mann further recalled when his church was in its construction phase, he received a letter from Rev. Paige and his congregation welcoming Pentecostal Temple to the neighborhood, along with a financial donation. He said that showed the kind of man, Rev. Paige was.
After his retirement, Rev. Paige regularly attended services at Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District and continued to serve on many boards. He was also a lifetime member of the NAACP and a past president of the Eastern Region Progressive Baptist Convention.
Reverend Paige is survived by his wife Laura; his children, Delano R. Paige Jr., Deborah Paige, Susan (Darrell) Adams, Paul (Charlette) Paige, Michelle Paige, Jason Bell and Valerie Bell; his siblings, Rose (Reginald) Tucker, Kenneth (Lynn) Paige, Deloris (Millard) Moye, Beverly (Carter) Campbell and Carolyn Paige; along with his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Coston Funeral Home Inc. and it was requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Naomi’s Place in East Liberty.