Menlo Park church mourns loss of pastor

Son held in stabbing death of Bishop Teman L. Bostic Sr.

Members of the Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park are mourning the loss of their pastor, Bishop Teman L. Bostic Sr., 54, who was found stabbed to death Friday morning, Feb. 12, at an apartment in San Leandro where he lived.

His 21-year-old son, Isaiah Bostic, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He is expected to be arraigned in the Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Teman Bostic was a son of Elder Hattie L. Bostic, founder and pastor of the church and a community leader who lived in Menlo Park for more than 50 years and died in 2011.

In a statement, the church said: Bishop Bostic "was a pillar in the community of Menlo Park." He was "the presiding prelate of the Apostolic Original Holy Church of God Inc., a nationwide affiliation of churches. He evangelized nationally and internationally. He will be greatly missed. We are soliciting your prayers in this time of great loss."

Teman L. Bostic Sr. was the eldest of five children born to Deacon Leon Bostic and Dr. H.L. Bostic, according to a biography on the church's website. He received his early education in Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

At Mt. Olive church, he served as a musician, Sunday school teacher, deacon, trustee, minister, elder and district elder.

In November 1994 with the support of his mother, he founded and organized Word, Power, and Praise Family Community Church in Fremont.

In July 1998, he was elevated to the office of Bishop over the Western District (including California, Oregon, Washington, Mississippi and Nevada) of the Apostolic Original Holy Church of God Inc.

He was active in the community, serving on the board of directors and as president of the Crime Prevention Narcotics Drugs Educational Center in Menlo Park, and coaching the center's community basketball team in its annual charity games with players of the San Francisco 49ers football team.

His mother, Elder Hattie Bostic and associates founded the church in 1963. In 1971, members built the church at 605 Hamilton Ave. in Menlo Park. In 1992, it was rebuilt as a larger church and community center.

In 2013, the church celebrated 50 years of ministry with a number of community and church events.

Officers respond to calls

On Friday, Feb. 12, at around 5:30 a.m., officers responded to 911 calls from residents of the apartment complex at 950 Juana Ave. in San Leandro. They reported hearing a struggle inside the apartment where the two Bostics lived, police said.

The residents reported hearing a voice saying, "Your dad is bleeding – I don't want to die."

Isaiah Bostic opened the front door to the apartment when officers arrived and the 21-year-old had blood on his hands and clothing, police said.

Officers found the older Bostic stabbed multiple times and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers arrested Isaiah Bostic on suspicion of murder and took him to the city jail.

Detective and crime scene investigators interviewed witnesses and collected evidence. They said they will meet with the Alameda County district attorney on Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, and seek murder charges against Isaiah Bostic.

Police said they are continuing their investigation and not releasing other details of the case, including the possible motive.

— Almanac staff

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4 people like this
Posted by Saddened
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:22 am

This is so sad to hear. Praying for his family and the congregation so faithfully served.

3 people like this
Posted by Evelyn
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

Please accept my sincere condolences.

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