Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

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John Rawlings Memorial

It is with great sadness that the Baptist Bible College has learned of the death of long time pastor, former Vice-President, and founding father of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, Dr. John W. Rawlings.

Dr. Rawlings was a true leader to Baptist Bible College in our early years, dedicating himself to helping Baptist Bible College become a ministry training center that would send forth those that might change the world for Christ just as he had done. Dr. John, as he was lovingly referred to, exemplified his belief that each man should “make something of your life, rise to the occasion, die to self, and believe in God.” Dr. Rawlings will long be remembered as a man who made something great with his life. He served the Lord faithfully as an evangelist, as the pastor of Landmark Baptist Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a founder of the BBFI and as a Vice President of BBC. He continued to “rise to the occasion” even after his retirement from Landmark Baptist Temple by leading the Rawlings Foundation. This Foundation helps churches and Bible Colleges in America and provides property assets for the work of missionaries in many countries. Dr. Rawlings used this foundation to help Baptist Bible College at many critical times.

Dr. Rawlings once said, “I have tried to be that yielded and dedicated man of God to my calling, to my generation and I’d like to think that when I finish this journey that I have left some imprint on the lives of other people.” The imprint that Dr. Rawlings has left on Baptist Bible College and on our hearts is great. While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his remarkable life and the legacy which he has left.

Mark Milioni
Baptist Bible College
Springfield, Missouri