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Acclaimed preacher Frank Pollard dies


SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (BP) — Frank Pollard, longtime preacher on the former “Baptist Hour” radio broadcast and president of Golden Gate Seminary from 1983-86, died Nov. 30 at his home in Anselmo, Calif., in the San Francisco area.

Frank Pollard

Pollard, 74, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease in recent years, according to news reports.

As Golden Gate’s fifth president, Pollard led in the redevelopment of the Northern California campus master plan and in the seminary’s enrollment gains. He also was instrumental in the relocation of the Southern California campus to Brea, where it continues today. He left GGBTS in 1986 to return as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., where he previously had served from 1974-80. Pollard retired from First Baptist in January 2002.

Included in his 40-plus years in the ministry were the presidency of the Mississippi Baptist Convention from 2002-04 and his selection by Time magazine in 1979 as one of the seven leading Protestant preachers in America.

Pollard was a native of Olney, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He later earned a divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from New Orleans Seminary. Golden Gate honored Pollard with a distinguished alumni award in 1993.

According to The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., Pollard and his wife Jane moved to the San Francisco area several months ago to be near their daughter Suzanne Kelly, her husband Greg, and their young daughter Elizabeth Kelly.

In addition to First Baptist in Jackson, Pollard’s pastorates included First Baptist Church in San Antonio and Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to his wife, daughter, and grandchild, Pollard is survived by a son, Brent.