ATLANTA — Cecil Sherman, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Asheville and the founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), suffered a massive heart attack April 15, and is currently in critical condition in Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
“All of us in the CBF family are praying for Cecil and his family,” said Fellowship Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal, who is scheduled to preach at First Baptist Church, Marion April 18. “We hold them in our hearts and ask for God's grace and strength for them in this time.”
Sherman, 82, was the first coordinator of the Fellowship, serving from 1992 through 1996. His pastoral ministry spanned decades, including pastorates at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and First Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C. Sherman, whose wife of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Sherman died in August 2008, was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July 2008.
He is the visiting professor of pastoral ministries at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. For more updates visit http://www.cecilsherman.com/news.html.