Doctor Richard Winston Mazakis

January 1, 1942October 11, 2020

Dr. Richard Winston Mazakis, 78, passed away on October 11, 2020 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born on January 1, 1942 in Haifa, Palestine. He grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, where he earned his BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and studied law at the French St. Joseph University and the Lebanese University in Beirut. He earned a law degree from LaSalle Extension University, Chicago, an MA from Indiana University and a Doctor of Religious Education from Bethany Theological Seminary. Dr. Mazakis came to America because he was offered a position as an interpreter in the General Assembly in the Security Council of the United Nations in New York City. Instead of starting as an interpreter, however, he founded the Middle East Mission, Inc. and began a ministry that lasted 50 years and took him to over 50 countries and 48 states. For almost 20 years, he lived in the Chicago area, where he pastored two churches—Northside Calvary Baptist Church and the Chicago Arabic Baptist Church. In his youth in Beirut, he was a high school teacher of history and math and a tour guide; he was president of Gideon’s International and Youth for Christ. During this time, he wrote a song in Arabic about meeting his Savior that is still sung in Arabic-speaking churches in Arab countries and in the United States today. He was an amazing cook of Arab food and opened a restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine called The Pita Deli in Fort Wayne, Ind. in the 1980s. He wrote four books on Christian theology, apologetics, and eschatology, and he took several groups to visit the Holy Land. He was preceded in death by his father, Jamil Joseph Mazakis, his mother Kalma Baconi Mazakis, his brothers Joe Mazakis, Henri Mazakis, Octave Mazakis and sister Teresa Mazakis Abla. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Elizabeth (Snyder) Mazakis and his four children whom he loved fiercely—Ric (Jane) Mazakis, Rob (Yody Hernandez) Mazakis, Angie Mazakis, and Liz Mazakis and a brother, David Mazakis and many relatives and friends who loved him for his big heart, his enormous empathy, his surprising humor, and laughter that outlasted everyone else’s.


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Don Williams

October 15, 2020

To the family of Winston Mazakis. For several years, our church worked with Pastor Mazakis in helping to print and publish over 400,000 Bilingual Gospel of John booklets in English and Arabic. I had him preach at our church and enjoyed fellowship with him in person and over the phone. I remember when he took me out to eat at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Chicago. We had a great time together. Our church supported his radio ministry. It was a privilege work together with him in getting God's Word into Arabic speaking countries. He was a good friend and he will be missed!

Autumn Dagan

October 15, 2020

I met the family about 18 years ago and immediately was "adopted". I have a LOT of fond memories with 'dad' but the #1 is dinner. It's never just dinner, its a feast! The BEST feast I have ever had. You are loved and missed dearly, dad. ❤ Rest in peace. ❤

Sue Ann Smith

October 13, 2020

Dear Brother-in-law
There must be many souls in heaven because of your commitment to preaching the Word of God and your prophecy ministry.
We remember when I didn't have a car and how you so willingly went far out of your way to pick up Cameron who was waiting outside on a freezing cold day.
My love and heart felt sympathies to my dear sister, nieces and nephews.
Love , Sue Ann


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