In memoriam: Vernice Dunbar
Vernice Mae Dunbar, 82, a Westside pastor who had joined with her husband R.G. to start the Lighthouse Temple 52 years ago,
died at her home May 27 with her family present.
Mrs. Dunbar was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., Oct. 23, 1928.
She and R.G. were married 63 years and had five children, all of whom live in Colorado Springs and have been involved with the church.
Her son Robert, the current pastor, officiated at her services June 1.
Mrs. Dunbar met her husband in Milwaukee in 1947. R.G at that time had recently helped a pastor start a serviceman's center in Colorado Springs, according to a 2009 interview in the Westside Pioneer marking the Lighthouse Temple's 50-year anniversary. “R.G. had always felt he would come back here,” Vernice recalled in the article. “It was a nice place.”
After travelling the country as evangelist ministers for about a dozen years, they moved to Colorado Springs in 1959. Their first church here was an air structure on a field east of downtown. In 1968, they bought six acres for the church off 32nd Street, and 111 N. 32nd St., has been the address of the Lighthouse Temple ever since.
The following was the concluding paragraph of the 2009 Pioneer article: “Asked for the secret of how the ministry has lasted 50 years, Vernice described a format which prescribes few rules for church attendees but which delivers a consistent message: 'No book but the Bible, no law but love, and no creed but Christ.'”
Surviving Mrs. Dunbar are her husband R.G.; son Robert and daughters Susan, April, Tammy and Vernie; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.