FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was saddened to hear of the death of Southwestern alumnus and Florida pastor Forrest Pollock, who was killed in a plane crash along with his 13-year-old son Preston, May 12. Pollock, 44, was pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., near Tampa.

President Paige Patterson said, “Forrest Pollock is safe! He preached that life was a vapor and that the best was yet to come. For Dr. Pollock and his son Preston, that came unexpectedly but certainly when the plane went down. For Dawn and his remaining children, that was far too soon, and we join them in their sorrow. We at Southwestern Seminary esteemed this preacher highly and know that he has made a phenomenal contribution both here at Southwestern and around the globe. While we rejoice for him that all trials are complete and he is with Jesus, we, along with his church, his family, and all Southern Baptists grieve at our temporary severance from this our beloved brother.”

Pollock graduated from Southwestern with a Master of Divinity in evangelism in 1994 and a Doctor of Ministry in church growth in 1998. He served as president of the Southwestern Alumni Association (1999-2000) and has been regularly involved in local, state and national Baptist committees.

Pollock is survived by his wife Dawn and five other children, Courtney, 15; Brooke, 14; Hope, 12; Blake, 10; and Kirk, 8. Please join us in praying for his family and the members of Bell Shoals Baptist Church.