Dr. Étienne Prophète, 81 of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at home with family at his side. A local memorial service will be held Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. eastern time at Haitian Christian Church, West Palm Beach. Other memorials in Haiti will follow.
Étienne was born December 26, 1939 at Thomassique, Haiti to Vilnoir Prophète and Vertiline Thomas. Raised on a small cattle farm, Etienne was educated at local schools, and later graduated from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. He received their Distinguished Alumni award in 2006. Étienne also received a masters in linguistics from Université de Montréal in Québec as well as other translation certifications. As a champion for education, Étienne led by example by receiving his doctorate in ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary well in his 60s.
Étienne married Marie-Ange Oracle (Betty) on September 17, 1969. Etienne is survived by Betty and their seven children, Yves (Samathe), Adeline (Felix), Jean Alix (Ketly), Theodore , James (Vayolla), Edwens (Paloma) and Marcus (Christy), and numerous grandchildren.
Étienne and his family returned to Haiti where he founded Haitian Christian Mission in 1974 in Port-au-prince and later settled in Fonds-Parisien . Forty-seven years later, the mission of HCM supports more than 40 native churches attended by more than 14,000 members. The mission also funds elementary schools attended by approximately 4,000 children as well as a medical clinic. The mission serves in other areas including adult job training and community outreach projects. Étienne's work with the mission is credited to contributing greatly to the area's local economy.
In later years, Étienne and Betty relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida where Étienne founded Haitian Christian Church of West Palm Beach. The congregation grew and served the community under his leadership.
Étienne was known as a courageous, visionary servant who never lost his zeal to serve the Lord and His church. His humility and kindness nurtured hundreds of people who consider him a great influence in their lives.