When I arrived at the office this morning I learned the sad news that Lee Porter died last week on May 17 at the age of 83.
Lee was a legend in Southern Baptist life. He served as SBC registration secretary for 25 years, from 1977-2002. He was known for giving meticulous instructions to messengers making sure they knew which ballot to use. I can still hear him say, “Ballot number two and only ballot number two” in that deep, distinctive voice.
Lee made sure the election process at the SBC annual meetings was run with integrity and fairness. There were many contested elections for the SBC presidency during his tenure. Because Lee was in charge of the balloting process I never doubted the results.
I had the privilege of knowing Lee on a personal basis. His wife, Pat, was a long-time employee of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and served as TBC registration secretary, making them a unique couple in denominational life. Lee also officiated basketball and umpired baseball. I had the opportunity to work games that he assigned for local sports leagues.
Lee loved the Lord with all his heart and he loved the denomination he served so faithfully for decades.
Pray for Pat, his two sons and six grandchildren. Lee will be missed by his family and friends, but we all know without a doubt Lee is in heaven today with Jesus Christ.
I am blessed by having known Lee Porter and was honored to count him as a friend.