[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A man of many talents, Frank Lomax, Junior’s formative years were greatly influenced by the prevailing cultural and economic constraints of his generation.
A native of Henrico County, Virginia, he was born in December 1930, during the depth of the Great Depression and all the racial constraints and demeaning attitudes that the “Jim Crow” era embodied.
But his thirst for knowledge, coupled with parents who promoted education as a high priority in child rearing, helped Frank to develop a determination that resulted in his graduating from Virginia Randolph High School in Glen Allen, Virginia, Henrico County’s only high school for African-Americans at that time.
The Korean War was raging during his high school senior year and Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1951. Attached to the Signal Core and, later, the 101st Air Borne Division, he served in both Korea and Japan.
The military service brought new experiences in many areas. He was born into the segregated south and attended segregated schools. However, the military was in the process of integration at the time he was drafted. While stationed in Georgia, he was living in an integrated society on base but in a very stringent segregated society when off base. Frank described the dual society system as extremely difficult when going off base where his unit would have to divide into two groups, one of white soldiers and one of black soldiers.
During his two years of military service, Frank was awarded two medals: 1) The “Korean Service Medal,” with two Bronze Stars; and 2) the “UNSM Medal” (United Nations Service Medal). He was Honorably Discharged in 1953.
Six months after being drafted into the army, Frank married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Coles of Richmond, on December 31, 1951.
Following military service, Frank enrolled at and graduated from Smith-Madden Business College in Richmond. In 1955, he was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department, beginning a 30-year tenure as a Tax Auditor with the Internal Revenue service. His tenure began during the early stages of the department’s process of integration, thus he once again had to cope with the negativity of racial transition. He retired on December 31, 1985.
Frank’s thirst for knowledge and determination to make an impact on the world around him can be seen in his continuous pursuit of education. He attended Virginia Union University, the Richmond Professional Institute, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Highly involved in the Quioccasin Baptist Church, Richmond, Frank began to sense that God was calling him into the Gospel Ministry. He enrolled in the Evans-Smith Institute at Virginia Union University School of Theology, completing the two-year program. Later, he was invited to serve as an instructor at the Evans-Smith Institute. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the Quioccasin Baptist Church, Richmond, on May 18, 1997, and has continued to serve the congregation as an associate pastor. Currently, Reverend Lomax is the Minister of Stewardship.
Reverend Lomax has also served as an instructor for the Department of Christian Education of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the Deacons Conference of Richmond and Vicinity. He is a past Moderator of the Tuckahoe Baptist Association of Virginia and a past President of the Laymen’s Division of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.
A charter member of the Ministering to Ministers Foundation (MTM) Board of Trustees, Reverend Lomax and has been an outstanding ambassador for MTM. In his low key mode of operation, he has led every group or organization in which he is affiliated to include the MTM Ministry in their budget. He is a loyal friend to ministers and an ardent believer that healthy ministers help create healthy churches and that healthy churches help create healthy communities.
Reverend and Mrs. Lomax have a son (who is also a minister) a daughter, two granddaughters, a grandson, and two great-grandsons.
It is a joy to present Reverend Frank Lomax, Jr., as a recipient of the Campbell-Wallace Achievement Award for Distinguished Service on this, the First Day of May, 2015.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]