MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Even in the face of death, friends say, Adrian Rogers exemplified the Christian faith he spent a lifetime sharing.
The longtime pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis and the three-time Southern Baptist Convention president died Nov. 15 at the age of 74 following a battle with pneumonia and cancer.
But days earlier -- before he slipped into unconsciousness -- Rogers delivered a message to those gathered in his hospital room that won't soon be forgotten. At the time, doctors were preparing to place Rogers on a ventilator, which would prevent him from speaking.
Steve Gaines, Rogers' successor at Bellevue, was in the room.
"The last thing I heard him say was, 'I am at perfect peace,'" Gaines, who succeeded Rogers this year, told Baptist Press. Read More