Bishop Frank Otha White
PRESIDENT & CEO, THE CEDARMORE COPRORATION
SENIOR PASTOR, ZION CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
FREEPORT, NEW YORK
An alumnus of Freeport High School, Bishop Frank Otha White is the principal architect of the towering Freeport landmark, the Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, a beacon of hope surrounding its community with a protective hedge of ministries designed to deliver relief and empowerment to its residents – and beyond.
Under Bishop White’s more than 40 years of pastorate, Zion Cathedral continues to flourish through its 25-plus fully operational ministries for children, youth, adults, singles, couples, senior citizens and the entire family. Along with this visible contribution to the immediate community, Bishop White is both a spiritual father and friend to the entire ecumenical community, admired for enlisting fellowship with Long Island’s largest representation of Christian organizations, religious bodies and
Known for his visionary predisposition, Bishop White sits as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Cedarmore Corporation — the subsidiary Social Services Arm of Zion Cathedral specializing in youth related educational activities. He is also the Founding President of the Conference of Clergy of Long Island. The scope of service which Bishop White fulfills with distinction touches upon every vital theme of Long Island Life: From his contribution as benefactor of the Freeport High School Scholarship Committee to his sponsorship of the Economic Opportunity Council Summer Basketball Team for Boys.
Bishop White is the recipient of a broad library of citations and awards from nearly every level of government, business, religion,education, civic life and community relations. Among these awards is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Distinguished Community Service awarded by the Freeport Human Relations Committee.
Totally absorbed into the multi-layered needs of the common people is Bishop White’s vision, unmatched generosity and commitment to raising social awareness. This approach – relational evangelism – meets the inner-city population where they are: Reaching them, touching them, healing them and ultimately rescuing them through counseling, mentoring and a safe, structured forum for emotional and recreational expression.
Appropriately, his oversight of the Cedarmore Corporation demands the recruitment of top professionals from all walks of life while offering the corporation the flexibility to address daily life problems which hinder the acceleration of upward social mobility among today’s youth, statistically linked to hunger, inaccessible education, poor nutrition, gang violence and a rampant drug culture. Bishop White’s hands-on style in navigating through the delicate cycle of crises which manifest from family dynamic employ a creative range of tools aimed at removing any obstacles blocking the road to high achievement and personal excellence. Never expecting anything in return, Bishop White sharpens the Cedarmore pencil with prayer, insight and wisdom, ever keeping the momentum high. All of this, exercised with sensitivity in an endeavor to underscore his life pledge of simply “giving back.” In his view, “At its core, Cedarmore is about the joys of planting, that is, SEEDS-AREMORE.”
From the upstate borders of New York extending to the farthest points of eastern Long Island – a benevolent philanthropist, a widely cited expositor, a published scholar, and a religious educator, Bishop White, on every frontier, passionately moves every enterprise and harnesses every resource to cultivate a stronger society.
Joining Bishop White in building a stronger community is his wife of 54 years, Dr. Juliet L. White. Bishop and Mrs. White are the parents of one son, Bishop Frank Anthone, four accomplished daughters and the grandparents of five.