Many times in ministry as a Pastor I’m sharing with people to make today count, live the day that God has blessed you with and don’t worry about tomorrow. But as the following story shares in vivid reality, “make today count” is true for those in ministry also. We are not above “Bad Things” happening to us, our family, or those connected with our ministries. Make Today Count!
Oct. 30, 2005, 6:08PM
Pastor electrocuted while performing baptism
WACO â€” A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning after grabbing a microphone while partially submerged, a worker at the church said.
University Baptist Church Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was standing in water up to his shoulder in a baptismal when electrocuted, said Jamie Dudley, wife of UBC community pastor Ben Dudley and a business administrator at the church.
The woman Lake was baptizing was not injured, Jamie Dudley said.
She said doctors attending the service did chest compressions for 40 minutes before Lake was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.
Dudley said it’s common for the pastor to use the microphone during baptisms.
“He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear,” Dudley said. “It’s the only way you can be loud enough.”
Dudley said about 800 people were attending the morning service. She said the service was larger than normal because it was homecoming weekend at Baylor University, located near the church.
Dudley said Lake had been at the church for nine years, the last seven as pastor. She said Lake had a wife and three children.