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  • Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    January 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 1 comments
    Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    William “Bill” L. Bennett Sr. died early Jan. 11, but many Christian leaders shaped by his mentoring ministry said his influence continues. “His contribution in Kingdom advance will not stop even though God has chosen to call Bill Bennett to glory,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasure of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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  • Awana co-founder Art Rorheim dies at 99

    January 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Awana co-founder Art Rorheim dies at 99

    Children’s ministry pioneer and Awana co-founder Arthur Reynold Rorheim died Jan. 5 in Oregon, Ill., at age 99. Rorheim co-founded the Awana Youth Association, originally an acronym for Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed, in 1950 while youth director of North Side Gospel Center near Chicago. Lance “Doc” Latham, his pastor at the time, was co-founder.

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  • Jeannette Clift George, actress & theater founder, 1925-2017

    January 10 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Jeannette Clift George, actress & theater founder, 1925-2017

    Jeannette Clift George, whose acting career included the film portrayal of Corrie ten Boom, a legendary Dutch woman sent to a Nazi concentration camp for sheltering Jews during World War II, will be honored Friday, Jan. 12, in a memorial service following her death on Dec. 28 at age 92.

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  • Youth leader, NOBTS student, dies on mission trip

    January 5 2018 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Youth leader, NOBTS student, dies on mission trip

    Even as family and friends mourn the loss of a loved one, they are celebrating the Christ-honoring legacy left behind by Emily Martin, an interim youth leader who died Jan. 1 while serving on her third mission trip to Kenya. Martin passed away following complications from a blood clot that developed inside her lungs.

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  • Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89

    December 22 2017 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS | with 0 comments
    Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89

    Milton Ferguson, 89, the second president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS), died Dec. 21 in Kansas City, Mo., after a brief battle with cancer. Ferguson’s tenure as president at MBTS began in February 1973, and he served the seminary community in this role before retiring in 1995 at the age of 66.

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  • Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

    December 18 2017 by WORLD News Service and Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

    Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including “The Holiness of God,” died Dec. 14. He was 78. Sproul was known for delivering uncompromising messages on the holiness and sovereignty of God in his writing and video teaching series.

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  • Greg Wood, IMB missionary to Mexico, dies at 48

    December 13 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Greg Wood, IMB missionary to Mexico, dies at 48

    Missionary Greg Wood, who spent 11 years sharing the gospel in an indigenous village with his family in Mexico, died Dec. 5, from aggressive brain cancer. He was 48. “Greg was unwavering in His love for the Lord, his family and for the unreached people of northern Mexico,” said colleague Charles Clark.

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  • Longtime Billy Graham photographer Russ Busby dies

    Russ Busby, who traveled the world as evangelist Billy Graham’s photographer for six decades, died Nov. 14 at his son’s home in California following a long illness. He was 86. Busby joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1956 after a crusade in Oklahoma City.

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  • NOBTS mourns loss of beloved professor

    November 16 2017 by NOBTS staff | with 0 comments
    NOBTS mourns loss of beloved professor

    Jerry N. Barlow, professor of preaching and pastoral work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, died Nov. 11 after a brief illness. He was 72. Though battling his own health issues, Barlow ministered to others through the final week of his life.

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  • Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    October 24 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    Orville H. Griffin, former executive director/treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, died Sept. 18 at age 85 after several months of illness, according to a report from the Ohio convention. Griffin was the convention’s executive director from 1992-1997 during 43 years of ministry in Ohio.

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  • Missionary physician Franklin Fowler dies at 100

    September 29 2017 by Ann Lovell, LifeSpire of Virginia & Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Missionary physician Franklin Fowler dies at 100

    Franklin T. Fowler, the first medical consultant for Southern Baptists’ Foreign Mission Board, died Sept. 10 in Richmond, Va., at age 100. Fowler began serving at the board (now International Mission Board) in 1960 after he and his wife Dorcas had been missionaries in Paraguay and Mexico.

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  • Edith Windsor, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 88

    September 15 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Edith Windsor, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 88

    Edith Windsor, a homosexual rights activist whose lawsuit prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, died Sept. 12. She was 88. The Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling granted states the ability to legalize same-sex marriage and paved the way for nationwide legalization of the practice.

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  • Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    August 23 2017 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    Doyle Pennington, a pioneer in mobilizing Southern Baptist laypersons for missions and ministry, died Aug. 13 in Stockbridge, Ga., following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. Pennington was a longtime veteran of Southern Baptists’ lay renewal movement, which sought to bolster church life, marketplace witness and missions.

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  • ‘Chaplain of Bourbon Street’ dies at 89

    July 6 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    ‘Chaplain of Bourbon Street’ dies at 89

    Famed New Orleans evangelist Bob Harrington, known by many as “the Chaplain of Bourbon Street,” passed away of kidney failure on July 4 in Stigler, Okla. He was 89. Harrington’s eight-day crusades, first held in tents and later high school stadiums and convention centers, produced thousands of converts.

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  • Charles W. Draper, beloved scholar-teacher, dies at 70

    June 28 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Charles W. Draper, beloved scholar-teacher, dies at 70

    Charles W. Draper, a professor of Boyce College and chair of the school’s department of biblical studies, died from a heart attack June 25. He was 70. “Professor Charlie Draper was a cherished member of the Boyce College and Southern Seminary faculty, and he will be greatly missed,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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