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April 9, 2009

Philip Douglas Wise, a former Alabama Baptist pastor, died March 30. He was 60.

A native of Andalusia, Wise was a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). He also completed three years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in England.

Wise served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Dothan; Fairview Baptist Church, Selma; and Morningview Baptist Church, Montgomery. He was pastor of Second Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas, for five years before returning to the Birmingham area earlier this year.

Wise also held various leadership positions with the Alabama Baptist State Convention, The Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance.

He served as a trustee of Samford, as chair of the board of the Christian Ethics Today Foundation and on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors in Dothan and Lubbock.

Wise was president of the Montgomery Lions Club and Rotary Club of Dothan.

In addition to being the co-author of two books, he taught theology and ethics at Culham College in Abingdon, England, and NOBTS.

Wise is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cynthia; three children; and one grandson. (TAB)

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