Bishop Osie Tatum, Jr., celebrates a grand 80th birthday

January 20, 2022

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Mason Temple Church of God in Christ hosted a very special 80th Birthday Celebration honoring Bishop Osie Tatum, Jr., at Davians Catering and Events, N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. Bishop Tatum was born on January 7, 1942, in Dumas, AR to the late Deacon Osie Tatum, Sr., and the late State Supervisor Mother Ernestine A. Tatum.

Bishop Tatum married the love of his life Sister Shirley Hortman Tatum on May 11, 1963 and are the proud parents of six children, twenty-two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all of whom were in attendance. As part of the event he was awarded with a number of city, county and state proclamations including one that was presented by State Representative David Bowen. Bishop Tatum was ordained a Deacon at the age of 21 and in 1974 he was called into the ministry and ordained as an elder one year later.

In June 1985, Bishop Tatum was appointed as Pastor of Mason Temple Church of God in Christ; since then he has been instrumental in the growth of the church, even in leading to the building of the current home at 6098 North 35th St. Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor for Mason Temple, Administrative Assistant of WI North West Jurisdiction, and Superintendent of Trinity District.

Photos by Yvonne Kemp