Word came across social media this morning that Dr. Page is retiring. No details have yet come down as to when it will be official.
I love this man. He has been a peacemaker and truly embodied the role he carved out for himself, “Chief Encouragement Officer.”
I first met him the day he was elected as President of the Executive Committee. I was having lunch with David Rogers and a couple of others and we saw him at the same restaurant. I knew the EC was voting and, being the blustery big-mouth I am, I went over and congratulated him on his election. He smiled weakly and thanked me. I didn’t know at the time that a positive vote was anything but a sure thing. I am glad they made the right decision that day, even if the vote was narrow.
He has become a friend – though I suspect that thousands feel that way about him. In this time where there are forces intent on sowing discord and pulling the SBC apart, he has been a unifier.
I would say more, but I want to get this posted. Perhaps I will edit this later.