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Tampling, Andrew W. comment (0)

November 12, 2009

Andrew W. Tampling, a former pastor and the first executive director for the Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers from 1976 to 1984, died Oct. 30. He was 81.

A native of Florida, Tampling went to Norman College in Norman Park, Ga., and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from Samford University in Birmingham.

Tampling served as pastor of three Alabama Baptist churches: First Baptist Church, Opp, in Covington Baptist Association (1961–64); First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, in Coosa River Baptist Association (1965–71); and First Baptist Church, Birmingham, in Birmingham Baptist Association (1972–76 and 1982–88). He was named pastor emeritus of First, Birmingham, in 1991. He also served as pastor of two churches in Florida and one in Georgia.

Tampling also served in many positions with the Alabama Baptist State Convention, including as a member of the executive board (1962–64 and 1968–70), the board of directors of The Alabama Baptist (1971–76) and several convention committees.

He delivered the convention sermon during the 1971 state convention annual meeting and served as a trustee of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) and the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board).

Tampling is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bobbie; three children; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. (TAB)

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