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Jerry Vines’ last sermon to church family is Jan. 29

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)–Jerry Vines will deliver his final sermon as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., during the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday morning, Jan. 29.

A news conference with Vines will be held in the downtown church’s dining room at 9 a.m.

At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a multimedia presentation, “A Faithful Soldier,” will be presented as a tribute to Vines’ life and ministry over the past 50 years. It will feature interviews with many who have been reached as a result of Vines’ heart for evangelism.

Vines, 68, has been at the 28,000-member church since 1982 and was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1988-90.

In an interview last May, Vines told Baptist Press that in retirement he plans to preach in churches and conferences across the country; speak in seminary chapels and classrooms; extend a helping hand to pastors; and write a book on the biblical account of creation.

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