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lofter1
October 31st, 2005, 10:13 AM
Texas Pastor Electrocuted During Baptism

Mon Oct 31, 2005

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051031/ap_on_re_us/pastor_electrocuted;_ylt=AgnZvP8reMhLD4Qm1NUqCPqs0 NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-



WACO, Texas - A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning after adjusting a nearby microphone while standing in water, a church employee said.

The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was stepping into the baptistery as he reached out for the microphone, which produced an electric shock, said University Baptist Church community pastor Ben Dudley.

Water in a baptistery usually reaches above the waist, said Byron Weathersbee, interim university chaplain at Baylor University.

Lake was pronounced dead at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, nursing supervisor Pat Mahl said. The woman being baptized apparently had not stepped into the water and was not seriously injured.

Pastors at University Baptist Church routinely use a microphone during baptisms, said Jamie Dudley, the wife of Ben Dudley and a business administrator at the church.

"He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," she said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough."

About 800 people attended the morning service, which was larger than normal because it was homecoming weekend at nearby Baylor University, Dudley said.

Lake had been at the church for nine years, the last seven as pastor. He had a wife, Jennifer, a 5-year-old daughter and two 3-year-old sons.

At a remembrance attended by about 1,000 people Sunday night at First Baptist Church, Ben Dudley told the UBC congregation that they would move forward as a church.

"I don't know how, when, why, where or what's going to happen, but we will continue as a church in the community because that is what Kyle would have wanted," he said.

BrooklynRider
October 31st, 2005, 10:34 AM
Can I get an "AMEN!"?

ryan
October 31st, 2005, 02:47 PM
Um, I think the creationism disqualifies him for a darwin award (http://www.darwinawards.com/). Perhaps there's a intelligent [sic] design equivelent?

Ninjahedge
October 31st, 2005, 03:57 PM
That has got to be one of the most incredibly stupid things I have heard of in a long time.


The only thing that would have been dumber is if he reached for a toaster.

BrooklynRider
November 1st, 2005, 10:40 AM
If we assemble the events, in the end, the preacher became a toaster.

stache
November 1st, 2005, 03:36 PM
"It's God's will!" :P

Ninjahedge
November 1st, 2005, 04:11 PM
If we assemble the events, in the end, the preacher became a toaster.

"Cheers!"

ZippyTheChimp
November 2nd, 2005, 11:49 AM
It's like those jokes - a priest, rabbi, minister, and God on a golf course...