HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNC) — Freed-Hardeman University Bible professor Stan Mitchell passed away at 2 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a Jackson hospital, after suffering a heart attack on Friday.

Stan was a popular teacher on campus, known for his compassion and commitment to missions. He grew up as a missionary kid in Zimbabwe.

Stan began preaching in 1976, having served in Zimbabwe, California, Texas, and Tennessee. He served as preacher with the Red Walnut congregation in Bath Springs, TN.

He was married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, with one daughter, Tracy Watts.

He authored four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of ProverbsGive the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He had recently published another book, Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

On the same day of his death, a previously written article of Stan’s was published on Forthright Magazine, where he served as a columnist. The article is entitled, “Instruments of Peace.”

A final article of his will be published next Tuesday, Barbara A. Oliver, assistant editor, said.

Photo above is of Barbara, of Forthright Press, and Stan at the FHU Lectureship book exhibit in Feb., 2010.

Funeral arrangements will be published upon release by the family.



  1. Sorry to hear this
    I learnt a lot from him recently during his visit to Zimbabwe last year and we were still hoping to welcome him this coming June.
    God knows tomorrow but we do not.
    May God comfort his family and friends.

  2. He is resting with our father whom he served faithfully while he was here. Rest in peace brother.

  3. So sorry to hear this! I met Stan at a Christian camp in Colorado back in 1976. He was a kind and spiritual young man. His parents and my future in-laws were best friends in college. We will be praying for his family and friends.

  4. Brother Stan baptized me in 1975. He was such a major influence on my relationship with my Creator. Rest in peace dear man.

  5. To the family of the late Stan Mitchell.

    I would just like to send my sincere condolences to the family of the late Professor Stan Mitchell.

    May our heavenly Father comfort you and give you strength at this very difficult time. It is not easy when we lose someone that we deeply love, even when we know that that person has gone to a far better place, their place of rest.

    Your brother in Christ,


    And the Mersey Bluff church of Christ in Tasmania, Australia, who know not of his death, but who would, I’m sure, if they knew, send you condolences.

    May the Lord be with you all now.

  6. Stan was a great encouragement to me through his articles. We never met, I’m sorry today, but I am a better person because of him. Sometimes, the influence people have extends further than we can see. “…their works do follow them,” (Revelation 14:13).