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Retired seminary professor Ward diescomment (0)

June 7, 2012


Wayne E. Ward, retired professor of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., died May 23 following a massive stroke. He was 90. 

A native of Piggott, Ark., Ward was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Ark., and Southern Seminary where he earned a doctor of theology degree. 

He also taught at International Baptist Theological Seminary in Zurich-Ruschlikon, Switzerland, and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. 

Ward joined the faculty of Southern Seminary in 1951 as an instructor in biblical languages and theology. Later he was awarded the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Theology endowed chair, which he held until his retirement in the 1990s. 

Even though Ward was a popular evangelist and interim pastor serving churches across the Southern Baptist Convention, Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary said, “Wayne Ward was born to be a teacher.” 

“He not only loved to teach theology, he loved to preach and the two came together in him in an incredible way,” Mohler said. 

Ward was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Ann. He is survived by three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

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