Milton Trice III, beloved pastor of Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Cincinnati, passed away on November 20, 2020 after a recent illness. Milton served as Associate Pastor at WHBC for several years before accepting the call as Senior Pastor in February of this year.
A native of Madisonville, a Cincinnati suburb, Milton graduated in 1972 from Withrow High School, after which he worked a variety of jobs, including many years as an over-the-road truck driver. He became active in the Cincinnati non-profit community too, volunteering with organizations like the first Million Man March on Washington, DC, the Walnut Hills Anti-drug Coalition, and other groups, some of which met at the church.
Initially hired as the church custodian, Milton’s natural leadership qualities, love for the Lord, and hunger for God’s Word, made him an active member of Walnut Hills Baptist. This eventually led to his call as Associate Pastor by the congregation. He loved to reach out to the church neighborhood through food, cooking and coordinating many free meals from the church basement, including popular fish fries. He also enjoyed delivering bologna-and-cheese sandwiches, which had been prepared by the church, to the homeless population in the area.
Milton received a degree in Christian Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University in 2015. He was also a graduate of the ABC-Ohio Leadership Academy, and at the time of his death was employed as a Peer Specialist by Talbert House, a Cincinnati non-profit that offers integrated care for addictions, community care, community corrections, housing and mental health.
Milton was well-recognized in the Cincinnati area as a “street chaplain” as well, who worked to curtail neighborhood violence. In addition, he was a guest speaker at many community-wide meetings and seminars focused on the problems encountered by those who live in an urban and inner-city setting.
He was proceeded in death by his daughter, and he is survived by his granddaughter as well as many friends and family members.