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Ralph Hampton, Free Will Baptist Educator and Leader, Dies

NASHVILLE, TN—Reverend Ralph Hampton, former chairman of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Department at Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College) and a member of the college faculty for 50 years, died September 7, 2012, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 77. Hampton’s ministry to the broader denomination included six pastorates in Tennessee and Missouri, articles for Contact and ONE Magazine, and curriculum writing for Randall House Publications. His signature leadership role came during a 15-year span when the National Association of Free Will Baptists elected him moderator nine times (1987-1996) and assistant moderator six times (1981-1987). Ralph Hampton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Margaret Evans Hampton, who served 37 years at Welch College as manager of Welch Library; daughter Mrs. Laura Fleming; sons Reverend Clayton Hampton and Mr. Kenny Hampton; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Reverend Larry D. Hampton.