John Petty: Sudden Loss

I received word on Saturday of the untimely death of John Petty, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville, and former chairman of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. When I first heard the news I could not believe it. John was just 42 years old. A few months ago in Austin I had a brief conversation with him and his beautiful wife Kelly. It is so hard to imagine his life has so suddenly ended.

Please pray for Kelly, and John’s two young children David and Mara. Pray for the people of the Trinity Baptist Church who will stand over the grave of their pastor this Tuesday.

I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist–“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

It is a great comfort to know our steps and sorrow are watched by our loving Father in heaven. His presence in the valley of the shadow of death makes all the difference in the world.

John will be greatly missed.


Filed under BGCT, Devotion

5 responses to “John Petty: Sudden Loss

  1. "Proud" Texan

    WOW! What happened to our brother? At least we know he is in Heaven, but I sure feel bad for his sweet family. That is a tough knock in life to overcome.

  2. janelle

    Thank you for the fine words about Dr. Petty. I grew up, was baptized, came back and married at Trinity, and am attending TBC with my husband and our children.

    Such a magnificent loss. We so need to tend to our pastors. And we need to be able to speak of our troubles without fear of repercussion. I say this because these thoughts have laid heavily on my heart this weekend.

    Dr. John, we love and miss you so. Godspeed, all.

  3. janelle

    **should be ‘magnificent impact of his life, tremendous loss**

  4. kenaco

    I grieve for John’s family. I was interim pastor at TBC when John came on board. He has done a good job. Those are sweet people in that church. I hurt for them.

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