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SBC DIGEST: SWBTS’ Brent Ray dies, Charleston Southern to receive $2 million; North Carolina Baptists serve in wake of storms

Southwestern Seminary’s Brent Ray dies; Multimillion-dollar gift from local chaplain funds new center at Charleston Southern University; North Carolina Baptists provide meals, cleanup in wake of Hurricane Isaias and resulting tornadoes.

Nancy Sullivan, ministers’ wives pioneer, dies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Nancy Hinson Sullivan, wife of John Sullivan, retired executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, died Wednesday (Aug. 12) at Memorial Hospital. The 83-year-old suffered a heart attack in June and a stroke a week prior to her death.

SBC DIGEST: Mississippi DOM dies of COVID-19; Pastor urges prayer for arson suspect; LifeWay’s ETCH Conference moves online

Director of missions for Mississippi’s Rankin Baptist Association dies of COVID-19 By BP Staff BRANDON, Miss. (BP) — Rankin Baptist Association in Mississippi announced via Facebook Tuesday (Aug. 11) the death of director of missions Allen Stephens due to COVID-19. The post said, “It is with a broken heart I share with you the elevation […]

Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright dies; ‘Four Spiritual Laws’ among legacies

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Southern Baptist leaders joined others across the Christian spectrum in celebrating the life and ministry of William R. "Bill" Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who died July 19 from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis. He was 81.
      Fueled by his passion to present the love and claims of Jesus Christ to "every living person on earth," Bright spent more than five decades building and leading the Orlando-based Campus Crusade.
      As the world's largest Christian ministry, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001, Campus Crusade for Christ serves people in 191 countries through a staff of 26,000 fulltime employees and more than 225,000 trained volunteers working in some 60 niche ministries, beginning with campus ministry at UCLA and later expanding to projects ranging from military ministry to inner-city outreach.

NAMB missionary, daughter succumb to crash injuries

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Luis Salazar, a missionary to Hispanic people in central Kentucky, died May 18 following an auto accident in Oldham County that also claimed his 21-year-old daughter, Raquel.

Former Miss. editor Guy Henderson dies of heart bypass complications

TUPELO, Miss. (BP)--W. Guy Henderson, 73, editor emeritus of The Baptist Record, died March 7 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo from complications following heart bypass surgery. Services were March 9 at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, with burial at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Clinton.

Baptist pastor, family die in pre-dawn fire

FLORENCE, Miss. (BP)--Sammy J. McDonald III, 41, pastor of Victory Baptist Church near Florence, Miss., died Jan. 29 along with his wife and three young sons when a pre-dawn fire swept through their home.

W.A. Criswell’s life celebrated at corner church in the heart of the city

DALLAS (BP)--The man who wanted a church on the corner in the heart of the city was laid to rest Jan. 16 after a memorial service at the church he pastored for half a century. An estimated 2,700 people assembled in the downtown Dallas First Baptist Church and utilized several remote facilities to remember Southern Baptists' most famous pastor-preacher, W.A. Criswell, who died Jan. 10 at age 92.

At graveside, Criswell’s passage affirmed into the arms of Jesus

DALLAS (BP)--In a city known for its traffic, cars stood still along Central Expressway at mid-afternoon Jan. 16 to make way for the long procession carrying the body of W.A. Criswell. The caravan's progress was announced throughout the Metroplex by news helicopters hovering in the air.

Criswell’s leadership, vision, influence cited by Jeffress, Patterson, Hawkins

DALLAS (BP)--Southern Baptist leaders with ties to First Baptist Church in Dallas offered remembrances of W.A. Criswell, recounting his leadership, vision and influence before a crowd of 2,700 gathered for the Jan. 16 memorial service.