Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary mourns the passing of Bill Langford, an alumnus from the School of Church Music and the seminary’s first media coordinator. Langford died on May 8 at the age of 76.
Langford was the first director of the media office, then called audio-visual services, from 1971 to 1980. His position united the School of Theology, the School of Educational Ministries and the School of Church Music in their media operations, and he directed activity in all three schools. Langford was known for his innovation and creativity in his position, and at one time hired people to build the media components needed for life at the seminary, such as circuit boards, “from scratch,” said Steve Storie, director of media services at Southwestern.
Storie was Langford’s successor. “He hired me when I was a student,” he said. “He always had a smile on his face, and he talked about his daughters all the time. He was a nice guy to have worked for.”
Langford was born in Iraan, Texas, on June 10, 1932. Following two years of military service in Germany as an artillery surveyor, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1960. Prior to serving on staff at the seminary, he graduated with his Bachelors of Church Music in 1971. He was involved in music ministry throughout his time at the seminary, serving in positions both locally and abroad. He served most recently at Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Langford is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughters, Gema and Kari; his sisters, Elaine, Carolyn, and Mollie; and his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.