Southern Baptist evangelist and Bible teacher Wade Morris of Alabama died this week of COVID-19 complications, according to reports on August 3.
Morris, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., was a well-known evangelist, having preached at camps and church events across the country. An outpouring of support, condolences and appreciation for Morris was seen on social media.
Shane Pruitt of the North American Mission Board said, “Without a doubt, (Wade) heard ‘well done good and faithful servant’ early this morning. As we’d chat through texts in the last couple of weeks, he’d always point to Jesus. Love you dear friend and will miss you immensely. Please join me in prayer for his family.”
Dean Inserra, pastor of Tallahassee, Fla., City Church, said on Twitter, “Sad to hear about the death of Wade Morris. A bold preacher of the Gospel who loved students and was a staple of summer camp life for many. Well done, Wade. God used you for many Luke 15 celebrations.”
Jeff DeGiacomo, associate executive pastor at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, called Morris “a follower of Jesus (who) loved his family. He was an encourager, mentor and a friend. Countless lives are eternally changed because Wade pointed them to Jesus.”
Morris is a graduate from Samford University where he received a degree in business finance. He also received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to his speaking ministry, Morris served on staff at several churches. Through his travels, Morris had spoken to hundreds of thousands of adults and students all over the world, according to his ministry website.
Morris was a perennial speaker at Falls Creek and had preached at the encampment earlier in the summer (Week Five, July 5-9, of the youth summer camp).
“I am heartbroken and sad today,” said Andy Harrison, conference centers director for Oklahoma Baptists. “I will miss my dear friend. (He was) One of the most passionate, energetic conveyors of the Gospel I’ve ever been around.”
Brian Hobbs, communications director with Oklahoma Baptists, added, “We are heartbroken to learn of Wade Morris’ passing. His speaking ministry in Oklahoma and across the country has forever impacted countless young people. Wade’s a faithful minister of the Gospel and a great friend to Oklahoma Baptists. We are praying for his family.”
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and two daughters. For more information about Morris’ life and ministry, visit www.wademorris.com.