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Oeita Bottorff, SBC moderate leader, dies
Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press
March 01, 2011
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Oeita Bottorff, SBC moderate leader, dies

Oeita Bottorff, SBC moderate leader, dies
Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press
March 01, 2011

DALLAS — A key leader in the moderate response to the

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) inerrancy controversy in the 1980s died Feb.

25 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Oeita Theunissen, 87, known professionally and in church

leadership as Oeita Bottorff, was director of Baptists Committed, an

organization formed by Baptists to oppose a movement in the nation’s

second-largest faith group known alternatively as the “conservative resurgence”

or “fundamentalist takeover.”

She was a key organizer of the Cooperative Baptist

Fellowship — a group that celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer — formed

after it became clear that denominational loyalists would be unable to hold

onto SBC leadership through political means.

Prior to the controversy she was recognized as a leader

among Southern Baptists in youth recreation ministries. She worked a number of

years with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission on issues including

Texans Care for Children.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce, two children, a

grandson, two sisters and two stepdaughters. A memorial service is scheduled at

1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in

Dallas.

Memorials to: Dallas Women’s

Foundation or the food pantry of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

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