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Wayne Bell, former president of Lexington Theological Seminary, dies

Wayne Bell in 2013, at the last service in the Sanders Chapel before Lexington Theological Seminary moved from South Limestone to its current campus at Lexington Green Circle.
Wayne Bell in 2013, at the last service in the Sanders Chapel before Lexington Theological Seminary moved from South Limestone to its current campus at Lexington Green Circle.

Wayne Bell, a former president of the Lexington Theological Seminary, has died. He was 97.

Bell was president from 1974 to 1986, seminary president Charisse Gillett said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

Bell died Monday morning, according to Milward Funeral Directors.

David Shirey, senior minister of Central Christian Church at Short Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, knew Bell for more than 35 years. When Bell was a student at Transylvania University in the 1930s, he attended Central Christian, Shirey said. He remained an active member of the church and was an elder and lay leader there.

“You can’t be a pastor or be involved in Christian Church without knowing and revering and respecting Wayne Bell,” Shirey said. “Wayne Bell was first and foremost a pastor and a good shepherd of not only his congregation, but the communities in which he lived. He lived out that role as a pastor, someone who accepted the responsibility and care of a human being. He was a remarkable man in that regard.”

The Lexington Theological Seminary is a theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Before his career at the seminary, Bell served Christian churches in Nashville, Shelbyville and Richmond, Va.

He later served as interim pastor for central Kentucky churches and coordinated the Theological Education Association of Mid-America.

Bell is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Virginia, with whom he often made presentations on spirituality and aging.

The funeral service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Christian Church.

Fernando Alfonso III: 859-231-1324, @fernalfonso

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