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Rev. Dr. William K. QuickMay 20, 1933 ~ September 17, 2017 (age 84)
The Rev. Dr. William K. Quick, 84, retired United Methodist pastor, and long-time Senior Pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist Church on Woodward Avenue in Detroit passed away Sunday, September 17 after an extended illness. His family was at his side.
Bill Quick was born in Marlboro county, eldest son of Douglas and Virginia Stubbs Quick. He grew up in the Ghio community of Richmond and Scotland Counties. He attended Pfeiffer College, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA and Duke University Divinity School. All three institutions have named him a 'Distinguished Alumnus’. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Pfeiffer College, Albion College and Union College.
He served Methodist Churches in North Carolina as well as in Michigan for 45 years. In North Carolina he pastored three fishing village churches, Bahama UMC in Bahama NC, Zebulon UMC in NC, St. James UMC in Greenville and Trinity UMC in Durham before being brought to Detroit in 1974 where he served Metropolitan Church for 24 years. He retired from the pastorate in 1998 and was recruited by the Dean of Duke Divinity School to teach. Beginning in 2000 he taught classes in Leadership, Administration, Stewardship and Finance. He also taught for eight years in the Duke Course of Study, both weekend and summer. He held this position of Visiting Professor for 15 years, retiring in 2014 having taught more than a thousand students during that time.
A world-class preacher, he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ on every continent but Australia. He served the global Church in many capacities. He was former Associate General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, as well as the coordinator of Partner Churches in Latvia and Lithuania. He was a delegate to six General and Jurisdictional Conferences and eight World Methodist Conferences. Dr. Quick was the Keynote Speaker for the 1991 World Methodist Conference held in Singapore. In 1996 the World Methodist Council presented him its "Seat of Honor" during the General Conference in Denver, CO.
He is the author of "Signs of Our Times” (Abingdon, 1989) “The Past Speaks to the Future” (Abingdon, 1995), and “Good News from Detroit” (Morris, 1998).
Dr. Quick is survived by his wife, Mary Levack Quick, his four children, Stephen Kellon Quick (Suzanne) of Chicago, IL, a daughter Kathryn Quick (Rev. Gerald Davis) of Asheville, NC, David Christopher Quick of Charleston, SC, and Paul Sanders Quick of Athens, GA. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Michelle Quick Henkels of Chicago, IL, Matthew Quick of Knoxville, TN, Hayden Davis and Dylan Davis of Asheville, NC, and Zachary Quick of Athens, GA, his former wife, Barbara Campbell Quick of Bluefield, WV and a brother, Michael Douglas Quick of Hamlet, NC. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Francis Quick.
After the Church, Dr. Quick’s passion was for education and especially for scholarships for the young. He often said he was only able to do what he has done because of the generosity of those who supported him. In lieu of flowers gifts are suggested to one of the following: The William K. Quick Scholarship at Duke University Divinity School for students entering the ministry or The ‘William K. Quick ‘Scholarship’ held within THE WILLIAM KELLON QUICK CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit or The ‘William K. Quick College Scholarship’ for deserving students held at Gibson United Methodist Church, 13241 McLaurin Street, Gibson, NC.
He is being cared for by A. J. Desmond Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48084 with visitation being held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Church Services were held at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 8000 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, on Thursday, September 21 with Family Hour at 10:00 a.m. and services at 11:00 a.m.
In North Carolina, a visitation will be Saturday, September 30th at McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium, 5 - 8 p.m. with church services at his home church, Gibson UMC, in Gibson, NC on Sunday, October 1st at 2:30 p.m. and burial will be in Pine Crest Cemetery, Gibson, NC following the Service.