Former state convention president Tondera dies comment (0)
February 21, 2013
Steve E. Tondera Sr., of Huntsville, a former Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) president and one of only a handful of lay church members elected to the position, died Feb. 13. He was 79.
A native of Bellmead, Texas, Tondera received a degree in mathematics and physics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957 and was stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
Tondera held leadership roles in both civic and charitable organizations, was a charter member of NASA and served as ABSC president in the late 1980s.
“Steve Tondera was a layperson who was vitally interested in Alabama Baptist life,” said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. “His sacrifice of time took him away from his business, but he was glad to make the time for service to the Lord and for Alabama Baptists. He served more than two terms as president, filling in for Lewis Marler, who had to resign due to his ailing health. Steve then was elected twice to the position of president.”
Lance noted that Tondera was known for his unique sense of humor and witty sayings.
“Alabama Baptists appreciate his service and we pray for his family as they mourn his loss,” Lance said.
Tondera was a member of First Baptist Church, Huntsville. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; three children; and six grandchildren.