CORTLAND, N.Y.—Edson “Ted” Lawrence, a pastor, died Aug. 21. He was 62.

After graduating from Baptist Bible College in 1980, Ted served as assistant pastor of Glen Baptist Church, Watkins Glen, New York, the church where he had professed Christ as his Savior while attending Vacation Bible School as a child. He went on to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, Angelica, New York; West Smyrna Baptist Church, Smyrna, New York; and Grace Baptist Church, Citrus Springs, Florida.

Throughout his ministry he loved people and served God faithfully and humbly. In 1981, Ted married Diane Doolittle. In their 38 years of marriage he loved and served his family with joy.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; their children, Stephen, John, Peter, and Abigail; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will take place Aug. 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland, New York. A funeral service will take place Aug. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, Cortland, New York, with the burial and a meal following. All are invited to come to the meal and share a memory of Pastor Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Bibles International, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Camp Lamoka, Tyrone, New York; or Camp BaYouCa, Smithville Flats, New York.