By Staff, Baptist Message
BATON ROUGE — The Baptist Message has lost one of its long-time freelance writers.
Mark Hunter, who has written for the Baptist Message since January 2011, died earlier today while worshipping at Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, where he was a member.
The church’s Facebook page reported that Hunter suffered a cardiopulmonary event. Medical personnel in the worship service came to the aid of Hunter and emergency personnel were immediately called to the church.
Jeff Ginn, pastor of Istrouma Baptist Church, said an email that Hunter lived a life that honored Christ. Ginn said in addition to his love for serving Christ through writing faith-based articles appearing in the Baptist Message and Baton Rouge Advocate, Hunter was passionate about men’s ministry at Istrouma and throughout Baton Rouge.
“Mark died as he lived,” Ginn said. “One moment he was singing a song of praise by faith in our Sunday worship service, the next moment he worshipped by sight in heaven. I remember the last words he shared with me. The day before he died he had written an article about a mission effort of our church. I shot him a “thank you” email for the compelling job he did in penning that story. His reply? “To God be the glory!” That’s how he lived and that’s how he died–to the glory of God.”
Details on funeral arrangements are pending. Look for updates at baptistmessage.com.