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MEMPHIS (FBW)-Adrian Rogers, 74, pastor emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., and a former president of Southern Baptist Convention passed away in the early hours of Nov. 15 after battling cancer and double-pneumonia. He was born Sept. 12, 1931 in West Palm Beach.
Rogers, who was the only person in modern times to serve three terms as president of the 16.4 million member Southern Baptist Convention, saw the SBC through tumultuous times in two decades, beginning in1979 and then again in 1986-87.
In an Oct. 6 interview with Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor James A. Smith Sr., Rogers acknowledged the importance of his part in the SBCâ€™s conservative drift and told Smith:
â€œI look back on my life and there are a lot of things that have happened. I have written books, pastored churches, preached on radio and television around the world. But I think the part that God allowed...
We are so very saddened to find out that Pastor Adrian Rogers has passed away, we wondered why we did not get him on TV any longer,but he is with the Lord that he loved so much,but we miss him very much we have watched him for years and were always inspired with his wonderful forthright messages.
I learned of his going home when just last week I thought I would try and get him on the internet there are so many pastors now in the internet.
Our prayers are with his family and also his church family that must miss him tremendously.
May our Lord continue to use your church to bless others.