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Rhonda Louise Mitchell- Addo

September 4, 1947 ~ February 1, 2021 (age 73)

Obituary

Reverend Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo. M. Div. Th. D.
A nave of Jacksonville, Florida and the youngest of eight children. At an early age she was
under the protecon of her ve brothers and two sisters, each had their unique personalies,
which inuenced their younger sister’s thinking and her ability to communicate at a young age
with anyone, without fear.
Dr. Rhonda was acve in high school acvies. She formed her own singing group and was
chosen to be the announcer for the Northwestern Yellow Jackets Marching Band. Also voted by
her peers to be high school queen. This was not a surprise to Dr. Rhonda, because she had
accepted Jesus Christ at the age of ten years old. She learned early as a child, the importance
of an acve prayer life. It was many years later before she told anyone, that one day when she
was in the seventh grade, God spoke to her and said “you will be Miss Northwestern, - and it
happened! Her Journey took her away from Jacksonville, for many years. She ventured to New
York City and appeared on the Apollo Theatre Talent Show, she won second place and a chance
to audion for the “Musical Hair”. While living in New York (Harlem) she stumbled into
evangelism. The church she was a5ending at the me was conducng tent evangelisc
summer meengs, and later she was asked to become a Bible Instructor on the community’s
missionary team. It was during this me her love for evangelism took root as she witnessed
Hundreds of souls came to the lord.
She is known as a church planter having served in several areas across the country. As a result,
churches were formed. To name a few New Hope in Harlem, NY. Emmaus Tabernacle, in
Brooklyn NY, Christ mission in Riverside CA, Bible lighthouse in Clinton MD and Mount Sinai
missionary Holiness church in Jacksonville FL. She was ordained in 1990 by Bishop Perry L.
Johnson from Washington, D.C. She holds ministerial credenals from the Church of God in
Christ and
The Missionary Holiness Churches of America. She has served as adjunct professor of Religion
at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Beach Florida. Dr.
Addo earned the following degrees: Associate of Science in Mass Media Communicaons,
Oakwood College, Huntsville, Al.
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science/Counseling, Atlanc Union College, Lancaster Mass.,
Masters of Divinity, Howard University, Washington DC and Doctor of Sacred Theology. An
outstanding educator that taught in the public-school system in New York City, Maryland and
Jacksonville, Florida. She was a former consultant for youth programming for Black
Entertainment Television (BET). She hosted a local Comcast Television Show “The Voices of
Hope” and is the author of four books. Dr. Addo is listed in “Who’s Who in the East” Annual
Book. Over 23 years of marriage to the love of her life Elder Emmanuel Addo who is from
Ghana West Africa. A mother of two Adult sons Bishop James C. Polite, Jr, and U.S. Army
Veteran Phillip Mitchell Polite. A grandmother and mother to so many more. She wore many
hats and treated each person special.
 

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Services

Funeral Service
Friday
February 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church
1319 North Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Interment
Tuesday
February 9, 2021

11:00 AM
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218

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