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David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, and a member of a Southern Baptist advisory team on Calvinism, has been diagnosed with “an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer.”

Cliff Tharp, Jr.

Long Hollow’s executive team told church members about Landrith’s diagnosis in an email March 8. Landrith, 49, and his wife Jennifer have three children: Rachel, Sam and Josh. He has been pastor of Long Hollow, which now has more than 9,000 members, since 1997.

Cliff Tharp, Jr., who coordinated the annual reporting and analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership statistics, died March 11 in Richmond, VA. He was 70.

Tharp retired from LifeWay Christian Resources in 2008 as senior coordinator of the Annual Church Profile (ACP) process after serving the denomination 39 years. The ACP is the system the denomination’s 45,000 cooperating churches use to report membership, attendance, stewardship and leadership information.