The Rev. Lillian Waller Christian, 84, founder of the Women's Convention Home and Foreign Mission of the King's Apostles Churches and the Holiness Minister Wives and Widows Council of Greater Washington, died Monday at George Washington University Hospital following a stroke.
An ordained Evangelist minister, Dr. Christian regularly preached at Pentecostal, Baptist and other area churches.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Church of King's Apostles here for 54 years. Her husband, Arthur Russell Christian Sr., whom she married in 1917, is bishop of the church.
Dr. Christian served as superintendent of the church's Sunday school for 42 years, and was a member of the board of trustees and a former president of the Deaconess Board.
She also was a founder and past president of the Mother's Board and seved as spiritual adviser to the Missionary Circle. She was a former officer of the Interdenominational Ministers Wives Council.
In 1967, Dr. Christian received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Trinity Hall College and Seminary in Springfield, Ill., and an honorary master's degree from Northwestern University for her evangelistic work.
She was born in Gordonsville, Va., and taught school there before coming here in 1917.
Dr. Christian had served as chaplain of the S Street Block Council. She was active in the Midway Civic Association and a member of the Senior Citizens National Council and the YMCA.
Besides her husband, of the home in Washington, survivors include four grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Her only child, Arthur R. II, died in December. CAPTION: Picture, THE REV. LILLIAN W. CHRISTIAN