Bert Tippett, FWBBC Leader, Dies at age 70

NASHVILLE, TN—Reverend Bert Tippett, long-time publications editor and director of church relations at Free Will Baptist Bible College, died Wednesday, January 5, after a nearly three-year struggle with prostate cancer. He was 70. He and his wife Dianne joined the FWBBC staff in 1965 and served in numerous roles until his retirement in August 2009.

Best known for his skills as a journalist, editor, and photographer, Reverend Tippett enjoyed an extraordinary pulpit ministry, first as a pastor in New Hampshire (1963-1965) and then as an interim pastor in Middle Tennessee, and 10 years as campus pastor at FWBBC. He delivered the opening address at the 2010 Free Will Baptist national convention in Oklahoma City.

Tippett answered the call to preach in 1961 as a 20-year-old English major at FWBBC. He was ordained to the ministry in 1964. Following a brief New England pastorate, he returned to his alma mater where he invested almost five decades in the students and educational mission of the college.

Between 1965 and 2005, he published 230 issues of Free Will Baptist Bible College Bulletin, the college’s official publication. He served 15 years (1970-1985) as advisor of the college yearbook, the Lumen, and launched Alumni News in 1975. He was one of the architects of ONE Magazine, official publication of the National Association of Free Will Baptists.

President Matt Pinson said, “We thank God for Brother Tippett and his faithful ministry at FWBBC. He was a true friend, an example of Christian maturity, and a trusted colleague in the Lord’s work. I know of no person more loved and respected than Bert Tippett. He demanded the best from himself and encouraged the best from others.”