Adrian Rogers, former Southern Baptist president, dies at age 74 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Adrian Rogers, former Southern Baptist president, dies at age 74

Dr. Adrian Rogers passed away early Tuesday morning. Dr. Adrian Rogers passed away early Tuesday morning.

Dr. Adrian Rogers, who led a conservative turn of the Southern Baptist Convention a quarter-century ago, died in Memphis this morning. He was 74.

A posting on Rogers' Web site says he died of cancer and pneumonia.

Rogers served as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church for three decades as the church grew from about nine-thousand members to about 28-thousand.

He preached his farewell sermon in March.

Rogers' 1979 election to the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention proved a watershed as the 16 million member Christian group took a theological and political turn to the right.

Leaders of the faith have since pushed hard against abortion rights, homosexuality and women pastors.

Rogers also was elected president of the S-B-C in 1986 and 1987.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Woman who partially lost eye sight during brain surgery opens boutique

    Woman who partially lost eye sight during brain surgery opens boutique

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:01:05 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Terrica Williams first shared her story six months ago on WMC Action News 5. During emergency brain surgery, doctors removed a tumor which left her partially blind. 

    More >>

    Terrica Williams first shared her story six months ago on WMC Action News 5. During emergency brain surgery, doctors removed a tumor which left her partially blind. 

    More >>
  • Mid-South heroes celebrated this weekend at AutoZone Park

    Mid-South heroes celebrated this weekend at AutoZone Park

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:35:32 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    This weekend is not just about honoring service members who protected our county, its also time to show appreciation to our Mid-South heroes that protect us in the city. 

    More >>

    This weekend is not just about honoring service members who protected our county, its also time to show appreciation to our Mid-South heroes that protect us in the city. 

    More >>
  • Memphis police officers play Shelby County deputies in AutoZone Park softball game

    Memphis police officers play Shelby County deputies in AutoZone Park softball game

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:33:12 GMT
    AutoZone Park (Source: WMC Action News 5)AutoZone Park (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    It's a battle featuring Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

    More >>

    It's a battle featuring Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly