James T. Draper Jr., a former Southern Baptist Convention president and president of LifeWay Christian Resources from 1991-2006, is showing signs of improvement after being admitted Thursday to Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. Draper remains in the intensive care unit but was able to sit up and speak over the weekend, according to family members.
The preliminary diagnosis is that he had a severe allergic reaction to a recent myelogram procedure.
On Friday LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer called upon fellow employees and friends of LifeWay to pray for Draper, his wife Carol Ann, and the Draper family. “Jimmy Draper is one of most beloved Christian leaders of our time,” said Rainer. “All of us at LifeWay love him and consider him very much a part of our family. We are asking the Lord to give him strength, the doctors wisdom, and the family courage in the days ahead.”