Rev. Dr. Wayne Bell

We’ve learned the Rev. Dr. Wayne Bell died overnight. Arrangements are pending.

Dr. Bell served as the senior minister of Vine Street Christian Church from 1960-1974. His ministry guided the congregation through the difficult civil rights issues of the times, further shaping Vine Street’s commitment to justice and equality matters—a legacy that continues today. Dr. Bell also established our continuing ministerial intern program, which has nurtured many students who have gone on to serve in church- and nonprofit-related roles.

Dr. Bell served as the president of Lexington Theological Seminary (Kentucky) from 1974-1986.

Vine Street’s Wayne H. Bell Lectureship on Ministry, established in 1992, honors the enduring influence of Dr. Bell's contributions to all forms of Christian ministry.

Wayne and his wife Virginia have remained dear friends of this congregation.

Please hold Virginia, the Bell family, and all who love Dr. Bell in your prayers.