FERNDALE, Wash.—John T. Lunsford, a former pastor, died on Feb. 12, 2011, at age 88.
John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Station, where he was a cook. There he met his wife, Jewel. After giving their lives to Christ at First Baptist Church, Sedro-Woolley, Wash., John and Jewel attended Practical Bible Training School in Johnson City, N.Y., in 1947.
In the following years John pastored churches in Black River, Three Mile Bay, and Deferiet, N.Y; Canton and Spartanburg, Pa; and Warden, Wash. In Washington he also pastored First Baptist Church in Quincy and Grace Baptist Church in Maryville. He served at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Shoreline, Wash., for several years before moving to First Baptist Church, Ferndale, Wash., where Jewel had been baptized.
In John’s latter years of ministry, he traveled in an evangelistic preaching outreach, using a large dispensational Bible chart showing “God’s Plan for the Ages—from Genesis to Revelation.”
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jewel; his brother, Andrew; his daughter, Helen Tripp; his son, David; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.