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In Memory of

Kenneth D. Bradshaw

August 8, 1929 - April 26, 2013

Obituary



Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw was born mere months before the stock market crash in 1929.  He grew up on a ranch is eastern Oklahoma learning invaluable lessons of perseverance, resourcefulness, and faith in the providence of God.  He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1951 and 1955 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree.  He later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology in 1967.



Dr. Bradshaw became a Christian in 1945 and was ordained in 1952.  Dr. Bradshaw pastored for 25 years from 1952 until 1977 in...


Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw was born mere months before the stock market crash in 1929.  He grew up on a ranch is eastern Oklahoma learning invaluable lessons of perseverance, resourcefulness, and faith in the providence of God.  He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1951 and 1955 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree.  He later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology in 1967.



Dr. Bradshaw became a Christian in 1945 and was ordained in 1952.  Dr. Bradshaw pastored for 25 years from 1952 until 1977 in Oklahoma, Texas, and Maryland, including Windsor Park Baptist Church from 1970-1977.  His leadership in theses churches was characterized by growth in all of the essential areas of church life. His emphasis being to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in reaching the unsaved and to develop new believers into mature Christians who learned to love God and their world.



In July of 1977, Dr. Bradshaw became an Associate Professor at Howard Payne University, and director of the Baptist Learning Center (BLC), which is now the South Texas School of Christian Studies (SCS).  He was given the responsibility of establishing a satellite religion campus in Corpus Christi until his retirement on 1995. These classes were and are still held at 7000 Ocean Drive, adjacent to Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.



Dr. Bradshaw’s service to the campus became the hands, feet, and voice of the BLC vision.  As the institution’s first director, Bradshaw recruited students, taught classes, handled administrative tasks, and raised funds.  For eighteen years, Dr. Bradshaw gave himself tirelessly to the task of establishing the work of the BLC.



Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw was involved in mission work throughout his career.  He participated with the Home Mission Board in several areas.  He directed studies in the “Rural-Urban Church” during Home Mission Week, and directed studies in relation to the “Church in the Declining Community” at Glorieta, NM. He also presented a paper on this subject to  the Long-range Planning Committee of the Southern  Baptist Convention and led Church Development clinics in Ohio and Missouri under the direction of the Home Mission Board. 



Dr. Bradshaw was a member and officer of the Community Development Corporation in Corpus Christi for eleven years.  This organization provided single and multi-unit housing for the low income, elderly and disabled.



Although retired, Dr. Bradshaw worked to expand the ministry and facilities at the South Texas School of Christian Studies believing the mature trained Christians are the best instruments God has to impact our world in a redemptive fashion.  He even introduced the idea of expanding theological education to the valley.  It is evident that Dr. Bradshaw’s efforts during his time as director made the South Texas School of Christian Studies what it is today, a thriving institution that exists to equip the educationally underserved followers of Christ to change the world through service in the church and the community.



Dr. Bradshaw passed away Friday, April 26 in Corpus Christi with his loving wife by his side. He is survived by his spouse, Betty Bradshaw, three children:  Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins (Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins), Sharon Bradshaw, and Steven Bradshaw.  His ten grandchildren, Rev. Jeremy Jinkins, Jessica Jinkins, Olivia Babbitt, Heather Harton, Forrest Scroggs, Lindsey Scroggs, Vincent Scroggs, Elise Scroggs, Kelly Scroggs, C.J. Bradshaw and six great-grandchildren also survive him.



A memorial service to celebrate his life and work will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the South Texas School of Christian Studies, 7000 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas  78412.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the South Texas School of Christian Studies or your charity of choice.



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