Founders Ministries President Tom Ascol, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, who has garnered controversy for his criticism of social justice ideologies within the Southern Baptist Convention, has been hospitalized.
In a statement posted to the Founders’ website on Sunday, the ministry group explained that during church Ascol “suddenly fell to the ground and was unresponsive.”
Founders went on to explain that Ascol was sent to the hospital and that while he had “stable vitals,” he was still struggling with responsiveness.
“We request your earnest prayers for Pastor Tom, his family, Grace Baptist Church, and Founders Ministries,” stated the group.
“We are all worshiping our good and sovereign God. We are putting our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ whose gospel is the only way of salvation. Thank you for praying with us.”
In an update posted later on Sunday, Pastor Jared Longshore, vice president of Founders Ministries, explained that Ascol was at present “much more coherent and responsive.”
“While he has little mobility he is speaking clearly, smiling, and talking of the goodness of God. He could hear our singing, prayers and words throughout the day when unresponsive,” wrote Longshore.
“Unspeakable glory and grace has rained down upon Tom, his dear wife Donna, his family, Grace Baptist Church and Founders Ministries this day. We have seen a man fighting the good fight.”
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Ascol received his bachelor of arts at Texas A&M and then went on to get a master’s in Divinity and a doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.