Billingsley pastor, state missionary Stokes dies

Billingsley pastor, state missionary Stokes dies

Mark Stokes, a longtime pastor and current state missionary serving in the evangelism office of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), died Nov. 9.

Stokes joined the SBOM staff in February 2019 as the south-central Alabama strategist for evangelism. He also served as pastor of Billingsley Baptist Church until August when he had to resign to focus on his treatment.

Rick Lance, SBOM executive director, called him a “faithful servant of God who was an excellent pastor for decades in various churches” and said that he “highly respected him as a friend and as a colleague.”

Stokes had a long history of ministry in Alabama, also serving as pastor of Camellia Baptist Church, Prattville; Enon Baptist Church, Morris; Greenhill First Baptist Church, Killen; Valley View Baptist Church, Leeds; and First Baptist Church, Anderson. He also served at one Mississippi church, First Baptist Church, Aberdeen.

Stokes earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children; and six grandchildren. (TAB)