|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1926|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 2008|
C.W. Brister Jr., 82, distinguished professor emeritus of pastoral ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday at Broadway Baptist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. N. Larry Baker, a personal friend and pastor of First Baptist Church, Sun City West, Ariz., will officiate. Interment: A private graveside service will be held in Greenwood Memorial Park in Dr. Brister's hometown of Pineville, La. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole.
Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to the Gloria and C.W. Brister Chair of Pastoral Ministry, Hardin-Simmons University, Box 16000, Abilene, Texas 79698.
Dr. Brister served on the faculty of Southwestern for 45 years. During that time his responsibilies included teaching courses in pastoral ministry, administering the seminary's Hultgren chair of pastoral care and coordinating the center for ministry empowerment. Dr. Brister specialized in pastoral theology and pastoral care and also taught courses in leadership for effective ministry.
Along with numerous articles, he authored more than a dozen books, including "Change Happens: Finding Your Way Through Life's Transitions," "Dealing With Doubt," "Caring for the Caregivers," "Spiritual Wisdom for Successful Retirement," "The Promise of Counseling" and "Pastoral Care in the Church." The latter book, a Pastoral Psychology Book Club selection, was translated into other languages and was used as a text at numerous schools throughout the world.
Friends and former students will remember Dr. Brister as a caring encourager and popular teacher. A member of numerous professional societies, he was honored as a Pastoral Psychology Man of the Month and as a distinguished alumnus of his alma mater. He is listed in "Who's Who in the South and Southwest," "Directory of American Scholars," "Who's Who in Society" and "Who's Who in Religion." He was also licensed as a marriage and family therapist.
An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Brister served Louisiana and Texas churches as pastor and as interim pastor of churches in Texas and Oklahoma. He was a guest lecturer at theological schools in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Kenya, the Republic of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Dr. Brister served as chairperson, 1995-2000, of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Church Leadership. He and his wife, Gloria, traveled, taught and ministered in more than 80 nations and had strong missionary ties.
Dr. Brister was a warrant officer in the U.S. Maritime Service (now U.S. Coast Guard) during World War II and received his Ph.D. degree from Southwestern Seminary. Postdoctoral studies were completed at Union Seminary in New York, Princeton Seminary in New Jersey and UT Southwestern Medical School, where he worked as theologian in residence in the psychiatry department. He had also studied at Regent's Park College, Oxford University; and Leysin, Switzerland, with the American Summer Institutes.
Survivors: His wife, Gloria; son, Mark and daughter-in-love, Rhonda, of Alvarado; grandsons, Barrett of Atlanta, Ga., and Austin and his wife, Kaitlin, of Norman, Okla.; sister, Dolores Bausum of Beloit, Wis.; and a nephew, niece and numerous cousins in Louisiana.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/10/2008
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Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 10, 2008
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