Gertrude Stacks is the senior pastor of Shalom Fellowship International, a pentecostal church in Detroit, Michigan. Furthermore, she is popularly known as the sister of John Witherspoon who passed away at the age of 77.
His family confirmed in a statement to Deadline: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was a huge deal to us.”
His son John David Witherspoon also wrote on Instagram “So…my Dad died today & honestly, I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I loved that about us. In all seriousness, I work as hard as I do thanks to seeing Him grind for literally 77 years of his life, and I’m damn proud to be his son. If I have even half the career & impact he has had on people I’ll be very happy. His legacy will live on through me, my family, his friends, and everyone else who was touched by him here on earth. He was my best friend & my Hero. I Love U Dad…I’ll miss u. – J.D.”
According to Drgertrudestacks.Net, Stacks is a native of Detroit, Michigan, is the seventh child of eleven children born to the late Prophet Cato, II and Tennesee Weatherspoon.
At the age of twenty-five, Dr. Stacks accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She received spiritual gifts and many impartations through the hands of God’s anointed vessel and Mother in Zion; the late Dr. Estella Boyd. These gifts include the word of wisdom, knowledge, healing, deliverance, prophecy, and discerning of spirits. Her gifts of God are used to help God’s people and His leaders.
Dr. Stacks is God’s seer and His doctor in the Spirit. She received her honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from A.L. Hardy Theological Academy in 1999, and her Doctor of Divinity degree from A.L. Hardy Theological Academy in 2004.
In 2008, John spoked about his sister during a stand-up comedy routine and said that Stacks had tried to scare him into going to church and described her as the most Religious Person he had ever met.
She was married to Bishop Jesse T. Stacks but he passed away. Later, she took over as a leader of the Shalom Temple Ministers following the death of her husband. The church has campuses in Detroit, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as in Chicago.