Nathan Cecil Arnold was born to the union of Claude Arnold and Lillian McArthur Arnold on June 2, 1941 in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. Nathan’s primary education came from the Chicago Public School System followed by a brief enlistment in the United States Army.
Nathan had a passion for many things….He was a Tailor, Vocalist, Entrepreneur, Chef and Minister of the Gospel. His favorite song was “Falling in Love with Jesus Was the Best Thing I‘ve Ever Done.” And if anyone called him that was his voice message which ended with “Remember God loves you and so do I.”
Nathan retired from DePaul University as a Head Chef. Students often referred to him as “Pops.” He also actively served as the Head Union Steward while at DePaul University.
God has always walked with him and talked with him throughout his life’s journey. But one of his most profound statements was “I totally surrendered my life to God in November of 1999.”Evolution presented itself to Nathan taking him to that next level anointing when he became a member of the Apostolic Church of God under the leadership of his mentors Bishop Arthur Brazier and Dr. Byron Brazier where he actively served until, he accepted ‘The Call to be with the Lord.’
Nathan joyfully sang in the Men’s Chorale and Sanctuary Choir. He willingly served as a dedicated member of the Evangelism Outreach Ministry, several prayer groups, and he never tired of learning….he kept himself in a teachable mode. He attended the Systematic Ministry Classes from 2006 to 2012 at the Apostolic Church of God where he obtained his Ministerial License on November 2, 2013 followed by ordination on November 2, 2014. This was his Pathway to Glory.
Nathan was preceded in death by both parents and one sister – Esther Arnold Giles. He leaves to celebrate his life a loving sister Dr. Veneese V. Chandler; three children: Marilyn Arnold Strong, Patricia Arnold Pinkney, and Nathan Cecil Arnold, Jr. Grandchildren: Annette, Addonica, Natalie, Nathan III and Abell III. Great Grandchildren: Nathan IV, Sophia, Nasir, Teneya Ewards, Othar Jr., Othar III, Ethan Omarion, Yaresse and James.
Nathan was a father and grandfather figure to many. Nathan was adored by his friends and neighbors at the Trinity Community Housing Corporation. His best friends in the life were Elder Charles Adams, Mr. Curtis Nance, Ms. Hilda Moore, and he was loved by a host of other relatives and friends.
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