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Jim Whitmire

  • Worship Leader for over 60 years

  • Ordained Minister for 48 years

  • Married to Linda Dooley for 55 years

  • 6 children, 9 grandchildren;

  • Retired several times

  • Also teaching full-time at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary

  • First produced The Singing Christmas Tree in 1976, with a record attendance as high 56,000.

  • Introduced an Easter program, Living Pictures, in 1981 which evolved into The Memphis Passion Play

  • In 1984, began an annual patriotic program, Celebrate America

  • Under his direction Bellevue Baptist Church choirs sang at seven annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention

  • In 1997 and 2006, served as Music Director for the Southern Baptist Convention

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