Bishop W. Ron Sailor, Sr., an Atlanta native and the proudly proclaimed “Son of Summerhill,” is known in the greater Atlanta area for his contributions as a radio and television reporter, television news anchor, radio station owner and 40-year pastor of five congregations across the state of Georgia. In his dual career in ministry and broadcasting, he has been one of the most recognized and honored African Americans in Georgia.
He was an honors student graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, a star athlete and Emory University graduate. While at Emory, Bishop Sailor majored in Political Science and Religion. He later studied at both Georgia State University and the Interdenominational Theological Center. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane letter from Central State University. Bishop Sailor was a visionary whose achievements in life reflected his belief that, “with God all things are possible.”
Bishop Sailor, the recipient of an industry “Pioneer Black Journalist Award” and seven Emmy Awards for television news, was the first African American male to serve as a prime-time commentator for a major southern television station (WSB-TV/2). At WXIA-TV, Sailor was a co-host of “Back-Talk,” a trendy daily news talk show with Neal Boortz. Additionally at WSB-TV, Sailor hosted a special nightly broadcast on the Atlanta Murdered and Missing Children that lasted nearly a year. In a lifetime filled with rewards and recognition, he knew that it was his labor for the Lord that would have eternal rewards.
His last pastorate was at Christ the King Baptist Church in Dacula, Ga, where he pastored for 18 years. Under Bishop Sailor’s leadership and guidance by the Holy Spirit, Christ the King Baptist Church saw unprecedented growth in membership, from 50 to as many as 2,500 members, where hundreds were baptized. In 2012 & 2013, he became the overseer of three churches: Christ the King Baptist Church, Dacula (Pastor Marion Sailor), the Church at Château in Braselton, GA (Pastor Dwayne Barrs) and the Salvage Baptist Church, Duluth, GA (Pastor Joanne Malone). He loved “church” and shepherding God’s people.
Bishop Ron Sailor, Sr. departed this earth on October 6, 2013 and now resides in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. He demonstrated a lasting legacy for his love of God, family and for making a difference in the lives of Georgians. He lived by a favorite quotation of educator Benjamin E. Mays, “Only when it is dark enough can you really see the stars.”
He leaves to carry on his legacy his wife, Rev. Marion Sailor, sons Rev. Ron Sailor, Jr., Antony Sailor, Christian Sailor, Chanz Wallace, daughter Khaleah Wallace and grandson Ron Sailor, III as well as the many sons and daughters in ministry who called Bishop Ron Sailor their spiritual father, mentor and role model.