(RNS) — The Rev. Timothy Stewart, the primary worldwide president of the Progressive Nationwide Baptist Conference, has died, his denomination introduced.
The Bahamas pastor served three years of his four-year time period and presided over the digital annual session of the traditionally Black non secular group in August. He died on Sept. 17 on the age of 64.
“Dr. Stewart faithfully served the Progressive Nationwide Baptist Conference for over 3 many years, making historical past in 2018,” the denomination stated in an announcement. “He was the primary President from the Worldwide Area in Progressive’s 60 12 months historical past.”
He was the twenty first president of the denomination, which was dwelling to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“As we mourn, we bear in mind and have fun an amazing Shepherd, Pastor of the Historic Bethel Baptist Church in Nassau, Bahamas, husband, father, household man, visionary chief, counselor and buddy,” the assertion continued. “We grieve not in despair however with hope that we will meet once more.”
Stewart served because the Nassau church’s pastor since he was 25, in accordance with a bio offered by the PNBC. He additionally was identified for his position as a civic chief within the Bahamas and past. He was a board member of the Bahamas Growth Financial institution, a member of the Bahamas Juvenile Panel and a chaplain to the nation’s Home of Meeting.
When Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in 2019, the Nassau native led the PNBC in elevating cash for provides for his nation’s devastated islands.
The PNBC had began its ministry 12 months on Sept. 1, the day Dorian hit his dwelling nation with Class 5 drive, killing dozens of individuals. Stewart told Faith Information Service on the time that his denomination’s new focus, “In Pursuit of Wholeness,” proved to be well timed.
“We’re trying on the revitalization of the neighborhood,” he stated. “I believe it appears as if God knew one thing even earlier than I did.”
Leaders of different Baptist teams mourned the loss of life of Stewart, posting feedback on Twitter.
“My coronary heart is with my brothers and sister @PNBCINC as we grieve the passing of President Dr. Timothy Stewart,” tweeted Amanda Tyler, govt director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Non secular Liberty. “Prayers of peace and luxury.”
Elijah M. Brown, basic secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, made a plea on Twitter that Stewart’s Christian work could be continued by others.
“Dr. Stewart was a very long time buddy of the @BaptistWorld and a trustworthy servant of the Lord,” Brown tweeted. “Would you pray for his household, the PNBC, and that we might permit his legacy of Kingdom service to proceed to influence us all?”
Added the Rev. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins, chief of New Baptist Covenant, a corporation convened by former President Jimmy Carter: “We grieve the passing of Dr. Timothy Stewart, President of @PNBCINC. Our prayers and condolences are prolonged to his household and to our sisters and brothers in church buildings and organizations formed by the spirit of his work.”
Within the aftermath of Dorian, as he confronted serving to church buildings and Bahamians get better, Stewart stated he didn’t really feel his religion was being examined.
“I consider that this tragedy provides me a chance to affirm my religion and to use my religion,” he advised RNS. “In spite and in gentle of what has been a really tragic, very horrendous scenario, we’re pressured to nonetheless see the grace of God.”