Pastor Dewey Cordor, Former President of Alabama Baptist Convention, Dies of Coronavirus on Christmas Day

The Rev. Dewey Corder died on Christmas. He was a longtime pastor and former president of the state Baptist Convention. ( File photo by Dave Dieter/Huntsville Times)

The Rev. Dewey Corder, a former president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, died of COVID-19, pneumonia and heart failure on Christmas Day, his wife, Jackie, said.

He was 80.

Corder was known for “his faithfulness, complete integrity, never changing,” his wife said.

“He was always honest about what he thought about Jesus,” she said. “That was his main thrust: Do you know Jesus?”

Corder was president of the state Baptist Convention from 1992-94, and led some of the discussions with Samford University after the university’s board of directors voted in 1994 to break legal ties with the state convention.

“I believe positively that it can be resolved in the best interests of the convention and Samford University in due time,” Corder said at the time. The state convention, which founded Samford, continued to fund the university in an agreement that was worked out later.

Corder served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Trussville from 1989-1996. Prior to that, he was pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Montgomery from 1982-89. He had been pastor of Central Baptist Church, located between Trussville and Argo, for more than 20 years at the time of his death.

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SOURCE:, Greg Garrison

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