John Ema Amromare, retired Secretary of the Delta State Baptist Conference in Nigeria, passed away on January 3, 2022.
Comfort Arinlade Ayanrinola of Nigeria, wife of Duro Ayanrinola – the immediate past General Secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, passed away in April 2022 at the age of 65. She dedicated her life to Christian service including as a nurse, primary teacher, missionary in Sierra Leone, and Coordinator of Family Life for the Nigerian Baptist Convention. She had a heart for children and worked to develop age-grade literature, create awareness for children’s ministry, and train children’s workers. Ayanrinola held a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary and was also an accomplished writer, authoring six books and 150 articles for The Nigerian Baptist magazine. She served on the BWA Commission on Christian Education/Nurture from 2015-2020. She is survived by her husband, five children, and nine grandchildren.
Anthony Cross, influential Baptist historian and theologian from the United Kingdom, died in July 2021 at the age of 59. Cross published an extensive range of books and articles and held positions at University of Roehampton, Regent’s Park College, and more recently the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic.
Joe Thomas “Joe T.” Lenamon, one of the founders of Texas Baptist Men, died on April 2, 2022, at the age of 92. He was president of the organization from 1974-76 and received the Pioneer Award for Service from the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation in 2008. An Air Force Veteran, banker, philanthropist, and deacon, he also was active with the BWA Men’s Department.
Walter Arturovich Mickiewicz, father of Peter Mitskevich who is president of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists and member of BWA General Council, passed away in January 2022 at the age of 90.
Ed Olson, former staff member for the Baptist World Alliance, died on September 25, 2021, at the age of 81. Olson served as Advancement Project Specialist for the BWA after retiring from the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service. He was an active member of McLean Baptist Church in McLean, Virginia, USA, for 30 years.
Fuad Sakhnini, pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church in Israel for 60 years, died in February 2022 at the age of 95.
Marina Sands, President of the Bahamas Baptist Women’s Convention from 1990-2001 and President Emeritus of Bahamas Baptist Women’s Convention until her passing, died on September 4, 2021. She also served as President of the Caribbean Baptist Women’s Union and Vice President of the BWA Women’s Department from 2000-2010, and she was a member of the BWA General Council.
A. Clark Scanlon passed away on January 24, 2021, at the age of 92. A Southern Baptist missionary for many years, Scanlon also served on the BWA’s World Evangelization Strategy Workgroup and Evangelism and Education Executive Committee from 1990-1995. He was active at First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia.
Timothy Stewart of the Bahamas, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention based in Washington, D.C., died on September 17, 2021, at the age of 64. Stewart was the first non-American to hold the presidency. Stewart also served for almost four decades as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in the Bahamas, the oldest continually operating Baptist church in the Caribbean.