By Cheryl Brown –
Anyone who has been in San Bernardino for any length of time has heard of Bishop H. H. Hubbard. Over 60 ministers, bishops, and pastors from all over the United States attended his homegoing service last Friday that was held at Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
Bishop Hubbard was the pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Redlands, California.
There wasn’t a seat left, so many stood outside just to be a part of the service and to pay respects to a man who in his ministry ordained 68 pastors, 18 bishops, chartered 10 churches, founded a theological seminary, and an international organization.
Hubbard was a radio announcer on KUOR radio in Redlands, until relinquishing the reins to a young upstart and member of his church, Bro. Roy Harris. Every Sunday morning, beginning early, the audience could turn to the station for the best in God’s Gospel Music. It is said his legacy increased church membership in the area.
Every church gained from his efforts. He facilitated more musical careers than anyone in the area. He sponsored concerts of great gospel singers including the late James Cleveland. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 15, 1935.His parents Edward and Maude Hubbard, a sister, two brothers and a son preceded him in death.
He was a product of Patrick Henry High School and in 1982 received a Doctorate in Theology from Enoch University New York.
Many knew him as a singing preacher but his background with the FBI was not widely known.
He retired from the Bureau in 1979.
Bishop Hubbard arrived in California after accepting Christ at Rehoboth Church of Christ Pentecostal. He became a Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in San Fernando Valley, but when he relocated to Indio he became a member of Mt. Holy Calvary Church where he served as a singer and a musician. He was called into the ministry under the leadership of his father in the ministry Bishop C.E. Simmons and preached his first sermon in November 1975.
At this time he found the love of his life, Mary Brown. They were married and had no children together but shared David, Terry, Kimberly, Craig, Bobby, Latrice, Shaunna and Danette.
October 22, 1978 Hubbard was called to pastor Community Missionary Baptist Church in Redlands. The proclamation from the city signed by Mayor Pat Galbrith lauded his work in the city. Among his many awards he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Redlands Police Department.
His organization Jesus Joy Jubilee National Fellowship, a vision God gave him brought together 1000 churches to call on the name of Jesus. In March of 2001 he was consecrated into the office of International Prelate Bishop.
God and education being important, he founded Community Bible Institute of California.
He leaves to cherish his memory Mary, his wife, sons David, Craig and Bobby; his daughters Kimberly, Latrice, Shauna and Danette daughter in law Pastor Cynthia Jamerson; brother Deacon John (Rachel) Hubbard; sister Barbara (Solomon Buster; 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; a host of nieces nephews, relatives, a godson, goddaughters, the entire Community Missionary Baptist Church and a multitude of friends and clergy.