Earl Tew, who invested more than 60 years of his life in Alabama Baptist ministry, died April 26. He was 93.
A graduate of Howard College (now Samford University) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Tew served as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham for more than 20 years, then served as director of missions for Birmingham Baptist Association for 12 years. He also served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan.
In 1997, Tew became interim pastor of First Baptist Church Hoover while still serving at BBA and, after he retired from his role there, became full-time pastor of the church. He led the church through a revitalization process and helped them become debt-free before retiring from the pastorate in 2004.
Tew went back to Lakeside Baptist as minister to senior adults in 2007, then retired again in 2010.
In addition to his ministry roles, Tew wrote the Life and Work Sunday School commentary for The Alabama Baptist for nearly 15 years, ending that work in 1995 when he passed it to his son, David.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, who died in 2022. He is survived by his sons, David and Mark, and daughter, Delane, and their families.
May 2 — visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham (2865 Old Rocky Ridge Road).
May 3 — funeral service at 10 a.m. at Lakeside with a graveside service to follow.
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