Cecil Sherman suffers massive heart attack
    April 16 2010 by Carla Wynn Davis, CBF Communications

    ATLANTA — Cecil Sherman, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Asheville and the founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), suffered a massive heart attack April 15, and is currently in critical condition in Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.  

    “All of us in the CBF family are praying for Cecil and his family,” said Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal, who is scheduled to preach at First Baptist Church, Marion April 18. “We hold them in our hearts and ask for God's grace and strength for them in this time.”

    Sherman, 82, was the first coordinator of the Fellowship, serving from 1992 through 1996.  His pastoral ministry spanned decades, including pastorates at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and First Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C. Sherman, whose wife of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Sherman died in August 2008, was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July 2008.

    He is the visiting professor of pastoral ministries at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. For more updates visit http://www.cecilsherman.com/news.html.
    4/16/2010 6:16:00 AM by Carla Wynn Davis, CBF Communications | with 2 comments

Gene Scarborough
Cecil Sherman has the heart of a lion and the courage to speak out when he saw us getting away from some essential and basic things like Autonomy and Creeds in Convention politics. When there were no changes--and he saw how many lies were being told--he felt it was time to quit fighting and start building something different!

Having parted company for a while with his beloved wife through dementia and death, if God calls him home, it will be our loss and Cecil's welcome to the host of people who have hailed Jesus as the Christ and committed to sharing the mission enterprise.

I pray we will see the hand of God in whatever the future holds for my dear courageous and brilliant friend for many years.
4/18/2010 7:59:35 AM

Brent Hobbs
I wish Sherman and his family the best during this difficult time.
4/16/2010 8:58:30 PM

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