West Virginia preacher Frank Higginbotham passes

frank-higginbothamCHESTER, W.V. (BNc) by Steve Higginbotham — Frank Higginbotham passed from this life at his home Friday, Sept. 27, and was ushered into eternity.

There may not be a more recognized name among gospel preachers in the Ohio Valley than the name of Frank Higginbotham. Frank spent his entire life preaching in the state of West Virginia. For 60 years he preached in the Ohio Valley.

Frank Higginbotham was born in New Martinsville, W.V., on Feb. 21, 1933, and graduated in 1951 from Magnolia High School. He then graduated from Florida Christian College in 1953.

Upon graduating from college, he returned to West Virginia and preached with the Columbia Street church in Fairmont, the Wellsburg congregation, the West Street church in Weirton, and the Virginia Avenue church in Chester, where he had been located for the past 50 years.

For more 40 years Frank hosted a daily, 15-minute radio program on WOHI that he called “Bible Meditations.”

He also conducted hundreds of gospel meetings through the years and spoke on countless lectureship programs across the country.

Frank was also known for his use of visual aids in his preaching. He rarely preached without visual aids, from the time of sheet sermons, to the use of the overhead projector sermons and PowerPoint. He had the unique ability to present his sermons in a way that they could be understood, and remembered.

Frank Higginbotham was a preacher’s preacher. He was constantly encouraging others to preach the gospel. The congregation in Chester, where he preached for 50 years, produced more than a couple dozen men who decided to dedicate their lives to preaching the gospel. That was largely due to his influence and encouragement.

More than 50 gospel preachers were present at his funeral, which is a testimony to the encouragement he gave to his fellow preachers.

The late Johnny Ramsey once said of Frank Higginbotham that in his estimation, he was the greatest preacher in the brotherhood. He will certainly be missed.

Surviving Frank Higginbotham is his wife, Rose Marie King Higginbotham, whom he married on June 7, 1954.

He is also survived by his daughter Janie Gallagher and her husband Brent, of Fairmont, W.V., and son Steve Higginbotham and his wife Kim, of Knoxville, Tenn.

There are seven grandchildren, Ryan Gallagher (Kay), Amy Saunders (Chris), Jason Gallagher, Kelli Boitnott (Justin), Michael, Matthew and Anne Marie Higginbotham; and his four great-grandchildren, Ava, Noah and Sara Kate Gallagher, and Amelia Saunders. A sister Nita Faye Leach (Norman) lives in Moundsville, W.V.

Daughter Donna Higginbotham preceded her father in death in 1965.

Frank’s last sermon is posted at this link.

Mexico preacher Miguel Arroyo dies in car accident

Miguel-Arroyo

Miguel Arroyo

ZACATECAS, Mexico (BNc) by Jaime Hernandez — Miguel Arroyo, preacher of the gospel in Queretaro, Mexico, and director of the School of Preaching Center in this city, died Jan. 5, in a car accident in the state of Zacatecas.

He established some 10 congregations in nearly 30 years of preaching in this region.

Brother Arroyo had worked in India with Jim Waldron and was associated with Crieve Hall congregation of Nashville, Tenn., to spread the gospel in central Mexico. Continue reading

Michigan preacher missing, family asks prayers

Missing preacherFLAT ROCK, Mich. (BNc) — Detroit media have reported that Terry Dow, preacher with the Flat Rock congregation, has gone missing.

The Flat Rock church website also states he has been missing since Tuesday.

At this time, we are asking for prayers and information for our minister Terry Dow, who has been missing since early Tuesday, October 16th. If you had any contact with Terry on Tuesday, please contact the Flat Rock Police Dept. at 734-782-2496. Any information may be of help. His car is also missing, a black Nissan Sentra – license plate #chp9391 Continue reading

Update: Preacher and wife murdered at home in Miss.

FULTON, Miss. (BNc) – A retired preacher and his wife were found murdered at home late Friday night.

Fred and Mildred Joy House, ages 77 and 79, were found by their son Tom at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tom preaches for the Plainview congregation, in the Fulton area (see his Polishing the Pulpit bio).

Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Jake H. Carpenter, 29, of Fulton, as a suspect in the homicides, according to WTVA, after he was found driving the couple’s car in Russellville, Ala., early Saturday morning. Continue reading

Edmond OK minister Don Vinzant passes – updated

Edmond minister Don VinzantEDMOND, Okla. (BNc) — A little before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 9, Edmond minister and former Brazil missionary Don Vinzant passed peacefully from this life, according to family minister Randy Roper, writing on the congregational email list.

“He was surrounded by the songs and prayers of his beloved family and engulfed in the love and concern of a multitude of friends,” Randy noted.

“He is now home free; no more pain or disease. He is resting in the arms of Jesus and reuniting with many loved ones who have gone before him.  We were so blessed to have him as our Daddy and we love to hear how he blessed your lives. We are overwhelmed by the gestures of love shown by all of you,” Don’s son Gene wrote on the CaringBridge website. Continue reading

Preacher Jerry Jenkins has gone to be with the Lord

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BNc) – Jerry Jenkins, preacher with the Roebuck Parkway congregation for 44 years, died around 10:45 p.m., Monday, after a massive stroke and massive organ failure, according to his son Jeff.

He had been in the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

The church’s Facebook page noted:

Brother Jerry Jenkins has gone to see the reward he worked so hard for. While we grieve, we do not grieve as those who have no hope! (1st Thes. 4:13) He will be missed beyond what words can put to paper. The family and the Church at Roebuck Parkway covet your prayers. Continue reading

Guy Hester celebrates 60 years of preaching

by Tim Hester

CORINTH, Miss. (BNc) – As a young man, Guy Hester began his preaching career at a small country church in Northeast Arkansas. Since then he has spent the last 60 years proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Guy says his greatest asset during his preaching career has been his wife of 57 years, Shirley. Guy and Shirley have four children (two sons and two daughters), ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with one more to be born soon.

Their influence in the work of the kingdom encouraged both their sons to become preachers, and their daughters to marry preachers, thus adding to a family line of preachers which includes Guy’s dad (deceased), three brothers (one of whom is deceased), an uncle (deceased), two nephews and one of his grandsons.

Although Guy received his formal education at both Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and Indiana State University, his greatest training as a gospel preacher came from two other sources. Continue reading

Preacher Micky Bell succumbs to cancer

by Dale Jenkins

Micky and Linda Bell, preacher Jersey Village

HOUSTON, Tex. (BNc) – Micky Bell lost a two-year battle with cancer last evening about 5:30. Micky moved from Nashville to Houston in Jan., 2008, to work with the Jersey Village congregation. He found out he had cancer in June of that year.

Micky’s faith and writings over the last two years have been an inspiration. His family has loved him and stood with him as has the Family at Jersey Village.  He called it his greatest work.

Often in great pain and weak, he preached powerfully up until the last time he was able, 17 days ago. Continue reading

Donnie Vick works with Purcellville church

by Laura S. Tinnel

Donnie and Stephanie VickiPURCELLVILLE, Va. (BNc) — Jan. 24 was a momentous day of firsts in northern Virginia. That Sunday morning Donnie Vick stepped into the pulpit in Purcellville to begin his first full-time ministry as a preacher in the Lord’s church. That same day, the 11-year-old local congregation heard a sermon from its first full-time preacher.

When Vick and his wife Stephanie arrived at their new home just two days prior, they were greeted by excited adults and teens of the congregation who assisted in moving their belongings. They presented the Vicks with a pantry stocked with dry goods and gift cards to get them started in their new home. Continue reading