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Atlanta inner-city ministry legend dies after battle with cancer


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In this Home Mission Board file photo from nearly 20 years ago, Moncrief discusses the ministry at Techwood Homes at a staff meeting. Moncrief was nationally known for his pioneering ministry in a difficult inner city setting.

KENNESAW Terry P. Moncrief, 60, whose ministry was featured on the front page of the Dec. 8 issue of the Index, died on Dec. 7 from complications of brain cancer. He slipped into a comma earlier that day and passed away at 4 p.m.

Moncrief was a Southern Baptist pioneer in inner city ministry and was nationally recognized for the inroads he made in reaching residents of downtown Atlanta, especially in Techwood Homes. He had been profiled on more than one occasion in MissionsUSA magazine, the flagship magazine of the former Home Mission Board.

Moncrief, longtime director of the Clark Howell-Techwood Baptist Center in Atlanta, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. He had been placed on disability in recent months and was going to retire at the first of the year.

Just days prior to his death a pre-press copy of the Dec. 8 Index, which featured the story highlighting his ministry, was presented to Moncrief at his home.

Moncrief is survived by his wife, Becky, who served with her husband at the Techwood Center; three biological children, Lori, Karen and Cathryne; a foster son, Daniel Post; and six grandchildren.