BerniePayne_inlineDES MOINES, Iowa—Bernard Lee “Bernie” Payne, a pastor, died March 11. He was 80 years old.

Bernie attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City, New York. He served his country as a United States Army chaplain from 1958 to 1960. He was then a pastor for over 50 years in Germany, central Iowa, and Bermuda. Churches he served in Iowa included Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines, Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton, and Southtown Baptist Church in Des Moines.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, whom he married on June 2, 1962, in Johnson City; his sons, Jonathan and David; his daughter, Joanna Brightman; and seven grandchildren.