Black Panther and 42 lead actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer last week at the age of 42. While he mesmerized audiences on the big screen, his inspiring quotes from Scripture left just as much of an impact.
Unbeknownst to many, Boseman grew up in a Christian home and was baptized at Welfare Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C. He also sang in his church choir. As a professing Christian, he also referenced Scripture and publicly spoke about his faith often.
During the 2019 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony, Boseman paraphrased Ephesians 3:20 while honoring fellow actor Denzel Washington.
“May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly more for what’s in store than He ever has before. God bless you,” Boseman quoted. Washington had paid for Boseman to attend a summer acting program in Oxford, England.
A year prior, Boseman expressed his Christian faith in more detail during his commencement speech at Howard University.
“Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside you. God says in Jeremiah, ‘I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future,’” Boseman said.
Samuel Neely, Boseman’s former pastor at Welfare Baptist, said the 42-year-old actor always kept his faith close, even as an actor. Boseman never abandoned his faith no matter how famous he became.
“Even though he plays these different people, I still see the person I knew as a child. “When I see him, it’s almost like seeing my own child, he’s still Chad,” Neely told Fox Carolina in 2018.
“He did a lot of positive things within the church and within the community. With him singing in the choir, with him working the youth group, he was always doing something, always helping out, always serving. That was his personality,” Neely added.
Boseman’s former church lamented his death in a Facebook post, authored by current senior pastor Ankoma D. Anderson.
“It is with extreme sorrow that we mourn the death of our beloved Chadwick Boseman, who transitioned this evening. This untimely loss deeply saddens our church. The Welfare Baptist Church will forever remember Chadwick as a homegrown talented young man who rose to superstardom and made us proud,” the Facebook post reads.
“As we mourn his death and grieve alongside his family, we ask that you keep the Boseman and Welfare Church family in your thoughts and prayers! Rest well, Black Panther; REST WELL!”