Press Release Nov 15, 2005

SBC’s Richard Land comments on life and passing of Dr. Adrian Rogers

Dr. Adrian Rogers, founder of Love Worth Finding Ministries and Pastor Emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., passed away early today after a battle with cancer and pneumonia. Dr. Rogers served at Bellevue Baptist for 32 years.

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, spoke about the ministry and legacy of this great man of God.

“Dr. Adrian Rogers was one of the giants of the faith of any era of the Christian church. If there were a Mount Rushmore for Southern Baptists, Dr. Rogers would certainly be on it. Adrian Rogers was perhaps the last half century’s premier example of an expository preacher who used his gifts to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ and His victory for humanity on the cross.

“While we mourn our loss, we rejoice that Dr. Rogers is now with his Savior in glory. Having already heard from Jesus, ‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant,’ he is now in a place where there is no more pain, no more tears, just Jesus to enjoy for eternity.”

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.3 million members in over 43,500 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC's ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.