The resume of Hattie McFrazier reveals a highly educated, community-involved woman.
She served for 31 years with Los Angeles Unified School District, holding positions from teacher to counselor to School Attendance Review Board Chair.
She held leadership roles in the National Education Association, California Teachers Association and United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA).
UTLA honored her with its 'Unsung Hero Award' and the local and state 'WHO Award.' The National Association of University Women - South Bay Chapter crowned her 'Women of the Year' and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa twice named her 'Soror of the Year.'
Yet, through all of her achievements, the Word of God remains her first love with Sunday School holding a special place in her heart.
"When I moved to Los Angeles, I looked for a church that focused on the Word. I came to Mount Gilead because they were really involved in teaching the Word of God," said Mrs. McFrazier, who served as Christian Education Chair and Superintendent of Children's Sunday School during her long membership at Mount Gilead Baptist Church.
"That's why Sunday School is so important, especially for children. It sets the foundation, teaches moral values, and ╘what thus saith the Lord."
"As Superintendent, I, along with other individuals, started a Children's Ministry in 1976 because we had so many children in the congregation that we needed to establish something so that they felt comfortable in learning God's Word in their own environment," she recalled.
From that program sprang a Children's Church, children's choir, Youth Bible Study and Junior Debutante Cotillion for Christ. The results of her efforts are realized when she encounters students from 40 years ago.
"Today, most of them are still active in churches around the city. They also tell me that they were rooted in the Word at Mount Gilead and it makes me feel so good that they are still rooted and grounded in the Word of Life and can't be led astray," said Mrs. McFrazier.
Actually, Mrs. McFrazier's love of Sunday School began in childhood. She said, "I grew up in a small community in the south and I would ask parents in my neighborhood if their children could go to Sunday School. When I moved out here, I did the same thing, invite people to come to church."
Visitors to Mount Gilead would find the McFrazier family involved in a number of ministries. Her husband, Willie, teaches an Adult Sunday School Class. Her daughter, Cherita, is an educator as well and highly engaged at Mount Gilead, too.
Mrs. McFrazier has taught Adult Bible Class, directed the Children's Choir, coordinated Vacation Bible School, sang in the Celestial and Amos Lewis Choirs, and organized various programs and projects.
Her dedication to Christ and His Word keeps her alert for opportunities to serve.
"I live here on earth for one reason, to reach out to someone else in need. Life is so short; we should thank God for allowing us to help someone else.
"As the songwriter says, 'if I can just help somebody as I pass along the way, then my living will not be in vain.'"
(Mount Gilead Baptist Church is located at 9201 South Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles. The Rev. W. Monroe Campbell is the senior pastor.)