Pastor Stephen “Steve” Perry, who was ordained a Baptist minister in 1997, was found dead Friday in his home in Lubbock, Texas.
Perry had been hospitalized since last Thursday, when he went into cardiac arrest while taking medication, according to a statement from his church.
Perry was 79.
Perry’s wife of 35 years, Donna, said the couple had been married for more than 40 years.
The statement did not say what led to the death.
Pastor Perry was born in Lompoc, California, to a Methodist father and an African-American mother, according the church.
He was a Baptist pastor and pastor of the Lompos Christian Community Church in the city.
He also served as pastor of a small community church in Texas, according his church’s website.
He served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1987, and was stationed in Kuwait in 1988, according an Army news release.
His wife, Donna Perry, said she was in a car accident on Thanksgiving night when the incident occurred.
The couple had moved to Texas to attend seminary.
Perry served on the boards of the Baptist College of Texas and the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas.
He led the Lubbocks Lompo Missionary Baptist Church, according its website.
His son, Steve Perry, is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Lompocks, according a news release from the church’s board.
The church’s mission statement said Perry was a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, and in the Christian church.
“The outpouring of prayers, condolences and prayers has been overwhelming.
God is in charge of everything,” the statement said.
“He loves all of us and is the Savior of all.”
The Lompons family did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
In a 2013 interview with The Associated Press, Perry was asked if he would have wanted to be the first person to die at home.
He said he would not have been.
“I think God is going to take care of me.
I think God knows how to take it all in,” Perry said.
His pastor said Perry “was a great minister, a great preacher, and a great father to so many.
He is one of the great people in the history of Baptist history.”
He added: “I just don’t think God can take it in.”
In addition to being the pastor at Lompops Missionary Bible Church, Perry served as a board member of the Southern Association of Reformed Churches.
Perry is a former member of a denomination called Southern Baptist Reformed Church, which has more than 200 branches in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
The denomination is the oldest and largest in the world.
The Southern Baptist denomination has about 6 million members, according The Associated Church.
It is the largest Protestant denomination in the Americas, with about 4.5 million members.
The U.K. denomination has more members than the Southern Baptists.
The American Baptist Convention also has about 2 million members and is part of the National Baptist Convention.
Perry said in the interview that he had been in touch with other pastors in Texas who were working on Sunday services.
Perry told the AP that he was a “gift to the world.”
“We were so blessed to be able to get to a place where we could work in the area of faith,” Perry told AP in an interview.
He praised the work of the Dallas Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“It’s a very, very special city and a very special state, and this is one that you can get to,” Perry added.
He called the deaths “a tragedy, a terrible tragedy.”
In his speech Friday, Perry thanked the officers for their hard work in protecting the lives of those involved in the shootings and the officers and others involved in responding to the crisis.
“This tragedy is not the first,” Perry stated.
“We are in a crisis here in the country.
Perry also called for the immediate release of the hostages and for a “clear path to reconciliation.” “
That’s what we do, we pray, we work through it, and we continue to strive for God’s will in the best way possible,” he added.
Perry also called for the immediate release of the hostages and for a “clear path to reconciliation.”
He also said that he would be attending a memorial service Sunday for his pastor at First Baptist in Loochock, which is near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The Associated Baptist Convention is a regional body that represents more than 5 million members in Texas and Canada.
Perry has been on the Dallas City Council since 2013.
Perry and his wife are expecting their first child in April.
He has also served on an advisory board to the Texas Rangers, and served on their board of governors.
Perry did not serve on the Texas Legislature during his first term as mayor, but he has served on other state boards, including the governor’s office.
He recently took a leave