Former Southern Baptist Convention President Dead at 89

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Reverend Wayne Dehoney, who was president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms in the 1960s and later became pastor of Louisville's oldest Baptist church, has died. He was 89.

Dehoney's daughter, Kathy Dehoney Evitts, says her father had suffered health problems since a massive stroke in 1996. He died Thursday, a little more than three weeks after the death of his wife of 63 years, Lealice.

He began an 18-year ministry at Walnut Street Baptist Church in downtown Louisville in 1967, leading the church into its television ministry and the development of nearly an entire city block surrounding the church.

His moderate stance on theological and social issues helped Dehoney become president of the Southern Baptist Convention, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, for two consecutive years. He was also pastor of the 2,000-member First Baptist Church of Jackson, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held Monday.

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