Elder David Winston Delapenha, 84, of Gainesville, Virginia, peacefully transitioned to be with the Lord on October 21, 2021. He migrated to Great Britain in the 1960s, then to America in 1981. David Delapenha was married to the former Evelyn Thompson.
David Delapenha was born in Golden Grove St. Ann, Jamaica, on August 1, 1937. He is a graduate of Golden Grove High School. He received an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University.
His life included several careers. He worked at Texas Instruments, the United States Postal Service, United Airlines, and retired from Fairfax County Public Schools. He also trained and served as a hospital chaplain.
David was very excited about sharing his enthusiasm for the things of God. He was sweetly in love with the Lord placing him above all things. He was an avid student of the Word, and a faithful follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. He initiated a family weekly Bible study and prayer meeting. Each of his children led the meeting on a weekly rotation and he also supplemented studies with his grandchildren, awarding gifts for their efforts in his Bible studies.
In his profession for the Lord, he played an instrumental role in assisting in the growth of the Community Church of Ashburn, Virginia. With his wife, Elder Evelyn, by his side, he faithfully and tirelessly gave of his time and treasure towards the maintenance and building of the ministry. During his tenure at the Community Church, the Lord promoted him from member to Deacon and finally to an Elder. After his season at the Community Church, he became a founding member of the Rock Church of Manassas, Virginia, serving as a major pillar of the church. His role as a Senior Elder gave him an opportunity to function in his prophetic gifting. He was a very influential and faithful leader who served with integrity and character. He set the example for the men of the Rock Church as a spiritual father and mentor to them. Elder David also was instrumental in the “Mind Dorm” of the Prince William Adult Detention Center as a vital prison ministry leader. The men at the prison became attached to him as a mentor and father and refered to him as “grandpa.” He connected with them to make the complexity of God's Word relatable to their daily struggles. He was a pillar of wisdom and guidance for the pastors and members.
David is survived by his wife, Elder Evelyn Delapenha of Gainesville, Virginia; three sons: Michael Delapenha of Bristow, Virginia, Winston Delapenha of Gainesville, Virginia, and Robert Delapenha of Bowie, Maryland; four daughters: Pastor Annie Johnson of Haymarket, Virginia, Natasha Ruiz of Bristow, Virginia, Michelle Catherine Delapenha of Manassas, Virginia, and Mitzi Delapenha of Los Angeles, California; a sister, Marjorie Haynes of Toronto, Canada; two sons-in-law: Pastor Gary Johnson, of Haymarket, Virginia and Joseph Ruiz of Bristow, VA; a daughter in law, Carmimay Delapenha; seven granddaughters: Chantel Delapenha, Jessica Delapenha, Abigail Delapenha, Erica Delapenha, Moriah Delapenha, Micaiah Ruiz, and Marshla Causey; four grandsons: Jhervian Green, Joshua Johnson, Mikal Delapenha and Clarence Sims; and eight great-grandchildren: Seraiah Delapenha, Sara Pittman, Shayne Delapenha, Serenity Delapenha, Ghamir Morris, Sevyn Morris, Alexandra Causey, and Kamora Arnold.
Family will receive friends on Monday, November 1, 2021, from 10 am until 11 am, and funeral services will start at 11 am, at Faith Christian Church, 6472 Duhollow Road, Warrenton, Virginia, 20187. Dr. Decker Tapscott, Sr. will officiate Pastor Gary Johnson will deliver the eulogy.
Interment will be in Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas, Virginia.