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NAMB missionary John Lewis dies


BENTON, Ark. (BP) — John P. Lewis, a Southern Baptist-endorsed chaplain and a 2007 North American Mission Board “Week of Prayer” missionary (an honor shared with his wife Diana), died of cancer July 8 in Benton, Ark. He was 56.

Lewis was married to and served in a support role with his wife in her work as ministry evangelism director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention for the past 15 years. Their story was featured in the Jan. 18 issue of The Index.

From 1992 until his death, Lewis served as a chaplain at the Central Arkansas Veterans Administration Hospital. Earlier, he worked as a chaplain through the Arkansas convention at the Alexander Youth Services Center, and he served as pastor of Lowell (Ark.) Baptist Church and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Tenn.

In addition to being a hunter and fly fisherman, Lewis was known for his art, through which helped raise money for mission work in Peru and other places.

Born in Jefferson, N.C., Lewis attended Appalachian State University and then served two years in the U.S. Army. A 1975 graduate of Kansas State University, he earned an M.Div. at Southern Seminary in 1978 and a doctor of ministry degree from Midwestern Seminary in 1993.

In addition to his wife, Lewis is survived by a son, Caleb.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either The Cajamarca, Peru Health Center, c/o The Miracle Village International, Inc., P.O. Box 890, Melbourne, AR 72556, or The John Preston Lewis Orphanage in Eldoret, Kenya, c/o Cornerstone Bible Church, P.O. Box 1226, Conway, AR 72033.