Jerold R. McBride, former president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, died May 11 in Winnfield, La. He was 85. McBride was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Rocky Ford, Colo. He attended public schools in Winnfield, La., where his father was pastor of the First Baptist Church. He accepted the call to ministry at age 15. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University and received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Oklahoma and Texas, including 31 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in San Angelo. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hardin-Simmons University and the George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award from Baylor University. McBride taught preaching in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Peru and Mexico, as well as at Howard-Payne University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Elizabeth Jane Basore, who was a partner with him in ministry 47 years, on June 25, 1954. She preceded him in death Dec. 1, 2003. They had three children—Renee’ McBride, Charlotte Young and Todd McBride, as well as two grandchildren. McBride married Claudia Machen on Jan. 1, 2005, in Winnfield, La., where they both grew up. He also survived by her children Mike, Mark and Matt Machen, along with five grandchildren.
Obituary: Jerold McBride
May 18, 2018