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Pastor of Main Street Baptist Church is remembered as 'giant of gospel ministry' By Jennifer Hewlett

Elder D.J. Ward believed in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible as the word of God, and he preached that word for 40 years. And so, as he lay dying in a hospital bed last week, he not only was fully aware of his condition, he knew where death would take him.

Elder Ward, pastor of Lexington’s Main Street Baptist Church for the past 19 years, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital.

“He witnessed to his faith, even as he was dying,” said the Rev. T.H. Peoples, pastor of Lexington’s Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, a friend. Although Elder Ward was unable to talk, Peoples said, he lifted his hands heavenward as he and Peoples prayed in his hospital room days before his death.

“Lexington has witnessed the home-going of a giant in gospel ministry,” Peoples said.

Elder Ward was a 24-hour-a-day pastor who liked to preach series of sermons, said Florene McGhee, his assistant for the past 31 years. His last sermon at the church, on April 13, pertained to the book of Romans. Many of his Sunday sermons for the past five years had been about passages in the book of Romans, she said.

“He said you couldn’t rush through Romans, there was so much detail and fullness there,” she said.

“His Thanksgiving sermon each year was one verse from Psalm 116.”

Sometimes Elder Ward’s sermons included mention of his maternal grandmother, Emmer Sims, who influenced his spiritual growth as a child. “He often referred to Good Mammy in his sermons,” McGhee said.

Elder Ward was known for his strong biblical teachings, his serious nature and his concern for others. He often visited the sick in hospitals and reached out to those who had a death in their family, whether or not they attended his church. He knew each of the several hundred parishioners at Main Street Baptist by name, Peoples said.

“He had a personal touch to his ministry.”

Elder Ward came to Main Street Baptist Church from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he preached for 17 years. Before that, he pastored Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., for four years.

A native of Murray, he was a graduate of Murray’s Douglass High School. He received a degree in theology from American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville.

During Elder Ward’s tenure as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church, the Frederick Braxton Educational Building and the Sovereign Grace Chapel were added to the church. Outreach programs were expanded to include a feeding ministry, a clothing bank, a substance abuse ministry called Exodus and a cancer support group. The Carl Brown Summer Work Program for Youth, in which youths work for local businesses and the church supplies the money for their paychecks, was started. Elder Ward also organized the annual Thomas Page-Brutus Price Brotherhood Retreat and the annual First Lady Day, an appreciation day for the pastor’s wife.

Elder Ward started the denomination’s annual Sovereign Grace Bible Conference while he was pastor of the Oak Ridge church. That conference led to the establishment of the annual Preachers, Ministers and Deacons Conference and the annual Women of Grace Conference.

Elder Ward participated in the latter two conferences in March and April. He preached his last revival April 7 to April 11 in Chattanooga, Tenn. “He was a warrior. As sick as he was, he stood right with it, preaching right up until just about his death,” Peoples said.

Elder Ward is survived by his wife, Brenda J. Ward; a son, Kimon A. Henderson-Ward of Knoxville, Tenn.; a grandson, Gabriel A. Henderson of Knoxville; four sisters; and six brothers.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Main Street Baptist Church. The body will be at the church beginning at noon Thursday. Visitation will be at the church Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., when a praise and worship/memorial service will begin there. Memorial gifts are suggested to Main Street Baptist Church. Smith & Smith Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from Apr. 28 to Jun. 23, 2008.
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July 31, 2019
I have spent the last two weeks watching past Sovereign Grace Bible Conference videos and listening to conference singing. I haven fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning listening to Elder Ward's preaching. I thank God for the life and ministry of Elder Ward. I thank God for allowing me to come under his tutelage and for my continued growth in the word of God through Elder's teaching and preaching. To God Be the Glory.
Dr.Sharon R Lidge Brown
April 21, 2014
It's been 6 years and I still miss Elder Ward like I did when he passed. We had a personal relationship. I sat under him for 19 years and God used him to bring me to salvation. The nicknames he had for my boys we still call them by to this day. He was so much more than just a pastor to me. He taught the uncompromising word of God! I can hear him telling the other elders "preach the word!" Goodnight Elder...I'll see you in the morning!
January 3, 2012
While as a co-op student at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN.; I was blessed to sit at the feet of Elder Ward where I was able to learn and appreciate the teachings of sovereign grace. Elder Ward would always say that "God is a just God". He and the church treated me like family, something I will always treasure for the rest of my days. If you ever heard him preach, you would know why they called him a Son of Thunder because his delivery was thunderous.
Orie Baxter
November 5, 2011
I just received news of Brother Ward's death.I never heard him preach anything but the Gospel.My Prayers are with his family. Doc Stone, White Bluff, TN
July 25, 2010
I was blessed by God to be able to sit under Elder Ward in ministers class. He taught us some of the most profound trusts of the scripture. I have yet to find anyone else that preaches or teaches like elder. The closest man to preach and teach like Elder Ward is Elder Greg Spotts. I miss his preaching, teaching and love he showed me. He was and is a true man of God.
God bless sister Ward for sharing him with us.

Kimble Jones
June 27, 2010
Do you know if Reverend ever studied the Moorish Sciences?

My email is jameschones@yahoo.com

Thank You
June 27, 2010
I had the opportunity to meet Rev. Ward on one of his visits too Cleveland.

He was truly Gods Gift. I remember him saying before one of his unforgettable sermons: "everywhere you turn in Cleveland, you got a Church ... he paused. "You should be better Cleveland".

He was truly a God-fairing Man ... does anyone know if he ever studied the Moorish Sciences?
James Chones
February 19, 2010
I never had the honor to meet Pastor Elder Ward, but I have had to honor to listen to his messages on the radio program for the last year or so on my way home from my home church. I only knew his name and where he preached. I just recently found out that he had went home to Glory because I didnt hear his messages on the radio anymore. He seemed like a great man of God. I am thankful to have heard his messages and enjoyed them. God Bless Elder Ward's family and maybe I may see him in Heaven one day!
January 20, 2010
I first met Elder Ward at Covenant Seminary's chapel when Joab Rico preached. When I was asked to come preach at the conference in Lexington, I brought my sons. We'll never forget his words of counsel, prayers, preaching, song leading, and words of wisdom in between preachers.
--Dr. Bob Smart
Robert Smart
June 18, 2009
I Love You
Juilian Edwards
March 14, 2009
i first met Pastor Ward when I worked at the lex. mall in 1991. What an AMAZING man he was. He always had a good word and a big hug for me. I lost touch with him over the years,and what a deep regret. I lost my grandmother last year at the same time we all lost Pastor Ward. What a difficult time. I will cherish his memory forever.
March 1, 2009
I always looked up to this man of God. I remember when I was a child he would preach behind my apartment once or twice a year. As a child I didn't understand God, but I knew there was something special about this man. I had the privilege to sit down and talk to him and he always jump started my spirit. I listened to one of his sermons last night and he still, even after his death jump starts my spirit. I praise God for him! And I know that he is walking around with the Lord Jesus this day.
Andre Garrett
February 8, 2009
Elder always had a kind word for those in need. I spoke with him on several different occasions. I liked how down to earth he and Elder Watson were. Elder will truly be missed by many.
Rodney Powell
November 15, 2008
Sis Brenda Ward & Family,
May God continue to bless and comfort you . I grew up at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI & I remember looking forward to Elder Ward coming for revivals. He touched so many lives. I thank God that we have the Blessed Hope, the ultimate reunion with Jesus on the other side.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die and our mortal bodies have been transformed into immortal bodies, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
I Cor. 15:54-55
Mary Green-Mahaley
October 18, 2008
Our sympathies to the Family and friends of this man of God. Our prayers are with you, and thank you for sharing his life and teaching. We can be comforted in the fact he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior, singing praises to the Almighty!
Robert Clinkenbeard
October 16, 2008
God Bless what He can do through crooked tools, may He bless and be with the family and friends of the D.J. Ward as he shares a closer communion with Jesus in Heaven. We should be thankful for what God can do with men for the glory of His Kingdom.
Mattew Lush
September 9, 2008
I'm still missing Elder Ward dearly in my heart and looking forward to seeing him in glory with the rest of his warriors
Juilian Edwards
August 13, 2008
My beloved elder you said you was going to wait for me so that I could talk to you again and for me to hold on to that You will for ever be in my heart thanks for the memories

love your baby Ladon Connor
Ladon Connor
August 6, 2008
This morning was the first I had heard Elder Ward. It on the internet. I thank God for the wonderful message that I received even after his passing. God had truely blessed me thru him.
Tom Mann
August 4, 2008
I just learned of Elder Ward's death. It made me so sad. I've listened by radio for years. My mother, daughter and I came to visit one Sunday but a young man was preaching. After the service I spoke with Elder Ward and told him I wished we could have heard him. He took my hand and kissed the top of it. It moved me then and even after about nine years, it moves me still. I was telling a friend about it last night and she told me of his death. I couldn't believe it. Heaven surely welcomed a friend of Christ.
Reta Stinnett
July 20, 2008
I'm so sorry to hear about this passing. Today, as my wife and I drove across Kentucky we were priviliged to hear Elder Ward for the first time on the radio as he preached about how our lives are a script in the grand play. We were so moved by his message. We ran out of distance as the message concluded and I did not hear how to contact him. I used Google to key the words Elder Ward and Main Street which I heard in the sermon. Then I was shocked to find this obituary. The man had to be loved as we fell in love with his preaching in that one hour. God Bless you all in this time of loss.
Dwayne Goforth
July 12, 2008
Thank you Elder Ward for your unwavering faith and your straight talk on how to live your life for the Lord.
I was honered by meeting you and hearing you preach at our church at Christian Assemby 10 years ago.
I have watched you on TV for many years after that. You are going to enjoy heaven. If anybody made it you did.
Thanks again,
Pat Riley
Pat Riley
June 30, 2008
Dear Mrs. Ward,
This is Kecia I know u feel alone sometimes but do know he is always with you and neva left you and God is watching over you, but much love to you and Kimon ma'am.
Kecia Ross
June 17, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband. I have had surgery and was not able to get to the computer sooner. My thoughts and prayers have been with you since I learned of your loss.

I hope that the many wonderful memories you have and the years you shared will sustain you in this difficult time.
Virginia Sturgeon
June 16, 2008
June 15, 2008
I grew up at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where my Grandmother, Ruth Walker attended. I knew Elder Ward and Sis. Brenda.
My heart and prayers go out to sis Ward. They knew me as Lee Rooks
Walter Rooks
June 10, 2008
I thank God everyday for sending Elder this way. He had the spiritual gift of teaching saved people how to live. As a result, my life has been so much better. I feel blessed and priviledged that I am a member of the ROYAL FAMILY OF CHRIST. It dosen't get any better than that. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I know when I get to those pearly white gates he will remember me.
Veronica Williams (Tunie)
June 9, 2008
Sister Ward, know that Elder will be missed for years to come. It sitll doesn't seem as though he's really gone. I pray that you stay strong in the Lord, and that He will continouslybless you and Florene with His peace. I love you both.
June 7, 2008
Elder W. James Thomas, II - Shiloh Church of Memphis, TN
Praise God for the life and legacy of Elder D. J. Ward. This man was a gift from God to the Body of Christ!
Elder W. James Thomas, II
June 6, 2008
Throw my grandpa the gospel is rooted in me, for times as this!
Elder J.L. Bendford
May 25, 2008
This man of God lived Grace, taught Grace, preached Grace. He was full of Grace in every aspect of life. know what? I think his new name in Glory is Grace. What a preacher who spare no punches With all this our Lord is well pleased. He's probably teaching more about the Grace of God in God in Glory right now.
Douglas Gallagher
May 24, 2008
Elder Ward, who is my Mother's cousin, married my wife and I back in 1991. If it's any testament to the power of his Prayers for us, are still quite happily married. Elder Ward was a man who did good wherever and whenever he could, positively touching many lives along the way...

Mitakuye Oysasin,
Ryan Waldon
May 19, 2008
Holiness Unto The Lord
May 19, 2008
To the family and church family of Elder Ward,
May God bless you for sharing him with us. He is our modern day Spurgeon. I never met him, but I loved him.

In God's Sovereign Grace,
D.L. Douglas
D.L. Douglas
May 18, 2008
What can I say about Elder!! There are so many things that I remember about him. His smile, his laughter, his witt and his caring way with the members of his family, church family and many friends! I remember as a young child wondering how can one man know so much about a GOD we can't see! I can only pray that I will have as much faith and love for GOD as he did He was truly the epitome of a GOD fearing man. I will truly miss him! I loved and still love the man who so effortlessly said that he was saved!!! He was there for my family through our hard times! My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and those close to him. I can honestly say that I was blessed to have known and talked to a true man of GOD. I love and miss u Elder. To God be the glory! Sincerely, Susana Woodall
Susana Woodall
May 18, 2008
I met Elder Ward many years ago,he was there for my aunt Mattie Clark through all of her illness.He will be missed by all.My heart goes out to his family.The special gift of love for all will be missed.
May 18, 2008
We are so saddened to learn of the passing of Elder Ward. We have listened to him for years both on t.v. and radio. We have been so concerned for him the last few months listening to him on the radio.
What a true warrior for the Lord.
Terrye & Billy Perkins
May 18, 2008
WE all will greatly miss rev wards tv tellecasts, i loved to hear him preach and ask did he have any worriors.
May 14, 2008
To the Ward Family,
So sorry to hear of Elder Wards passing. We have lost a good fighter for Christ. I am sure that he is resting with Jesus. he was a soldier in God's army.
We will miss him, for he was loved by many, even if we did not belong to his church, we respected him and took in what he preached about.
I will keep you in my prayers, may God bless you.
Cecil Madison
May 14, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Min.Howard Clark
May 13, 2008
Sis. Ward and Family
Our hearts were very sad when we heard of the homegoing of Elder Ward. But our spirits rejoiced! "For he had fought a good fight, he had kept the faith, he had finished his course." Elder Ward truly was an outstanding "Warrior" for Christ. He has been an excellent example and inspiration for our ministry.
Bishop Isaiah and Barbara Kennedy
May 12, 2008


May 12, 2008
Elder Ward's memorial service may now be viewed online at the Sovereign Grace Conference website.

Elder Jim McClarty
May 11, 2008
My thought and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
Alicia Powell
May 11, 2008
Mrs Ward and Family,
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You and Yours, at this sad time.
JoAnne Arvin
May 10, 2008
Sister Ward & Main Street Baptist Church,May God's blessings be with you Elder Ward was truly a great man of God.He was one who preached the true word of God. He will be missed at Eunice Church of God in Adair County. Keep your heads up I know you loved him but God knew that it was time for him to take his rest. May God bless you and keep you.
Michael G. Payne
May 10, 2008
To Sis.Ward,
My prayers are with you as we all transition to life in this place without Elder Ward. I am, however, encouraged by the fact that behind such a man as Elder Ward was a dynamic and strong woman. As a guest in your home, I was privileged to experience you and Elder and what an experience it was. The stories, the Scripture reading before dinner and atmosphere blessed me. St. Louis was blessed to have Elder Ward come through as the evangelist. His unwavering posture, challenged a city that was then and is now still experiencing doctrinal imbalance, a disregard for hoiness and preaching that is becoming more and more sensational without substance. I will miss his transparency and sincere expressions of love. What a man he was. As you already know, be strong in the Lord Sis. Ward. The Lord will take you up (Psalms 27:10).
Curtis Williams
May 10, 2008
To the Ward Family: I thank God for allowing such a strong individual to shine on me and my family. Elder Ward will surely be missed but the Lord says job well done.
cassandra wilson
May 9, 2008
Gary Frasure
May 9, 2008
I must admit I never met this man. I must admit all I know from him I know it from reading. But I also must admit that men like this are very needed. May the Lord be pleased in sending workers to His flock!
Persio López
May 8, 2008
His love for the Lord, ministry and people was an inspiration to all who met him. We met at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Milwaukee Wi.
He was a true giant in the gospel.
I know he is up there preaching.
Dr. Wells
May 8, 2008
When I was about 6 years old, Elder Ward was attending a Revival service at Bird's Creek Baptist Church in Paris, Tennessee. He "Got Happy", that's what the old folks use to say, and shouted all over that little country church. He was a teenager, and his peers thought him a bit strange, but when you are a child you can see the realness in people, and I saw something so real in him. My parents adored him and never failed to attend Revival services when he was in the area. I was in Paris visiting in the 90's and my parents took me took hear him preach and teach. And again I saw something so real in him...even some 40 years later. I don't know why, but a few days ago he crossed my mind. Then today and friend from Tennesse called to tell me that he had passed. My sincere condolences to the family. He was a special individual.
Pam Riggs
May 8, 2008
Elder Ward will live in our hearts and lives until we see him again. Our precious Lord allowed Elder Ward time on this earth to be a witness to so many many people. He was blessed with the unique ability to preach the word so that it meant something different to each and every person. He glorified our
God!!! Our condolences to his family. Know that your precious one has served Him and now is adoring Him.
Judith Scalyer
May 8, 2008
Sister Ward,
The tenderness with which you covered your husband's body at his funeral was the most beautiful display of love I have ever witnessed from one human being to another. Your honoring love for him was beautiful both in life and death. God was magnified in his ministry and is in yours as well. You have been an inspiration to me of godliness and obedience to a woman's call to submission. Christ's love is gloriously displayed in you. Praise be to His name!
Colleene Barnett
May 7, 2008
To the Family:
Elder Ward will be greatly missed. God has called home His Angel to look down upon us. Cherish the memories that you have of this incredible man of God. I enjoyed his preaching and each time he visited Paris, Tn, I took the time to go to Cedar Hill Baptist Church and receive God's message through Elder Ward.
Jocelyn Jones
May 7, 2008
The Ward family, may God give you comfort in your time of sorrow. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal. Rev. Ward will be missed.

You are in my prayers. God only knows.
Carol Yeast
May 7, 2008
Dear Sis Ward and family. I mourn with you on the loss of our beloved Elder Ward. Although we are sorrowful, we are not without hope and praise. We know that we will see him again and praise the Lord he will have a new body. I thank the Lord for his ministry. THE CONGREGATION AT RESURRECTED LOVES HIM DEARLY. In my prayers, Ethel Woods
Ethel Woods
May 6, 2008
To the Ward Family: My sincere condolences to you! Elder Ward touched many souls during his lifetime. As children, my brother & I looked forward to visiting Alabama to hear him preach revival at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville. We are "WARRIORS" today because of Elder Ward. Know that you were blessed to have him in your lives. Thank you for sharing your blessing with others!
Tracy Batts Bosley
May 6, 2008
To Sis. Ward, Kimon, and the entire Ward family. On behalf of the Underwood family of Knoxville,TN we want to extend our deepest sympathy and love for your loss.

From the time I was 8 years old I've always thought Elder Ward was one of the greatest preachers I had ever heard. I would always be excited to hear him when he would preach at my father's church in Lenoir City, TN. He was always excited about the gospel. And you could tell that his life's passion was preaching and teaching the Word of God. That should tell you what kind of man of God he really was. To have an 8 yr old excited about hearing the Gospel of Jesus preached.

Praise God for the life and the work of this Great Preacher. There will never be another like him.
Minister Marcus Underwood
May 6, 2008
Pastor Ward's preaching and teaching introduced me to Jesus Christ on a Tuesday evening in 1978 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. May God continue to comfort the Ward family. Please find comfort in knowing that pastor Ward allowed God to use him to touch many.
Toi Batts-Garth
May 5, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Elder Ward, the members of the Main Street Baptist Church, and to the Lexington spiritual community as we have lost a dear and caring person who has truly done the work of the Lord for most of his life. I felt a connection to Elder Ward as he preached the funeral of my brother Tony Lynem and related to him as if he knew him as we all did, which I know he did. We have been blessed to have a beacon of service and dedication to guide us in this journey, and may God bless his everloving soul.
Anthony Branham
May 5, 2008
Sis. Ward, From the Family of the Late Robert L. Neblett, please know that our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. We will miss Elder Ward but he is resting in the Arms of Jesus. What a time He, Elder Shaw and my Daddy are having now! You know how much he meant to our family. The last time he was in Orlinda he stopped by to visit Mama. We all laughed and talked shared memories of Daddy and Floyd. But before he left we all held hands and what a wonderful prayer He prayed for Mama and our Family. He cried, we cried said goodbye. Sis. Ward you are a wonderful lady full of GRACE and LOVE may God continue to Bless you and wrap His loving arms around.
Love, Sis Neblett, Brenda, Ann Etta, Nathaniel, Chris, Danny Lee, and all the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren of the late Robert Neblett.
"Life is short, Death is sure, Sin is the cause, Chirst is the Cure."
Ann Colbert
May 5, 2008
TO Mrs. Ward, Ms. Flo and Kimon I love you all and am praying for you. You know I loved elder so even when he scolded me which was often. I still loved him because I know he was always right. He will be truly missed my boys even will miss him. I just need one last hug so I can take in the smell of him, I need that so much. I never saw a man who loved everyone I don't know how he did it. Even though he knew it was the end he was never afraid, he would say I'm saved and we all knew it.
Robyn Clayborne
May 5, 2008
My dear Sister Ward and the Main House,
What a blessed privilege to have known your "Honey" and your Pastor for 24 years. I thank God for his friendship which words cannot express. Thank you for the privilege of giving thoughts and reflections at his homegoing service. I have been blessed to read the many comments of gratitude and appreciation entered in the Guest Book. All my family and I love you, thank God for you, and continue to pray for you. May our God's mercies abound to you greatly in these days.
In Christ, Elder David B. Morris
David Morris
May 5, 2008
Prayers of comfort are with you all as you grieve the loss of Elder Ward. May God bless you and heaven smile upon you all.
Jeanique Mitchell
May 5, 2008
Main Street. I love you all more than anything. You mean the world to me...I am so thankful that we were blessed to have the best pastor that ever walked the face of the earth. Now he is at home! PAIN FREE! Main Street should know me. im Kayla, or Elder Ward's "muffball!" Im praying for you all! ANd you know I love you.
Kayla Lofton
May 5, 2008
To the body at Main Street Baptist:
What a blessing the summer Sovereign Grace Conferences have been under the direction of Elder Ward. I attended in 2003 and it changed much of my walk with the Lord. My eyes were opened to see the sovereignty of God. May you continue to do the work of the Lord and cherish the work of Elder Ward.
Pamela Clancy
May 4, 2008
We had the awesome opportunity to meet Elder Ward, through our membership at Resurrected Reformed Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN. He was a blessing in our lives and we look forward to the day when we can meet again.
Elder Randy & Lisa Roberson
May 4, 2008
Sister Brenda Ward and the Main Street Family may it bring comfort to know the Shiloh family is lifting you in prayer. Thank you for sharing Elder with so many locally and across the country. He will be missed, but as we remember his question "Do I have any Warriors"? The answer is a strong "Yes!" We will always cherish his memory.
Love, the Shiloh family.
Dr. Joseph L. Owens, Pastor
Shiloh Baptist Church
May 4, 2008
I just wanted to send my greatest sympathy to you and your family. It was such a joy to hear Elder Ward preach God's word, and it must be such a great comfort to know that he is in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Darlene Warner
May 4, 2008
I have faith because of Elder Ward and his church. This news breaks my heart.
Britt Gordon
May 4, 2008
I have listened to and been blessed by his sermons for a number of years. He was an exquisite Bible scholar and a superb communicator who fully understood the doctrine of grace. May this good and faithful servant enter into the joys of the Lord.
James Borders
May 4, 2008
I first heard Elder Ward on the radio. I was impressed by both his understanding of Scripture and his style.

As a result, for a time I took one of my sons with me to Main Street Baptist on Sunday nights to hear him preach.

Months later, I met Elder Ward in person. It was the night my 2-year-old daughter, Abby, died in an accident at our home.

It was about 10 p.m. as I remember it. An elder from our church, a steadfast, perceptive friend and mentor, had been sitting with me and reading Isaiah 40. There came a knock at the door. I looked through the peephole, and there stood Elder Ward with his assistant.

We welcomed them in. Elder Ward told us that his church had been praying for us that night, and he wanted to pray with us himself. He told us people all over Lexington were praying for us that night.

Elder Ward and his assistant brought the presence, peace and comfort of God to our house. There is no way to repay that kindness, or to express its worth.

Elder Ward and his staff attended Abby's funeral -- also a great comfort and a blessing to us.

Elsewhere in this guestbook you can read my father's account of how we visited Main Street Baptist together, and the amazing experience we had there.

I know Elder Ward as a hero of the faith who projected the power, authority and love of Christ.

May his legacy long endure, and may God richly bless and comfort his family and friends.
Todd Van Campen
May 4, 2008
Rev. Ward's words, "Are their any warriors in here", during his sermons was so profound that it forced you to be ready to a Christian in a whole different way!! Actively wanting to be in the Lord's Army and praising him all the way. Thank God for his life and his ministry and we will keep you in our prayers.
Vanessa Watkins
May 3, 2008
Mother Ward,
I count it all joy to have been in the presence of this man of God. Elder's voice was so melodious, and calming.
I shall truly miss him saying as he closed his sermons, "See you around the throne."
Sister Ward, you exempify how a godly woman looks, walks, talks and loves. You also showed us how to love, because you truly loved Elder Ward and the people entrusted to him.
You, Flo and the Main Street church body will continually be in our prayers. Keep smiling. It radiates your inner beauty.
Deacon Theodore & Gloria Parks
May 3, 2008
Bless that wonderful name of Jesus. We are praying for you and we Bless that wonderful name.
Elder TL, Priscilla, and Timbrel Williams
May 3, 2008
Love you
Janet and Nathan
May 3, 2008
Sis Ward

God Bless you and comfort you, I love you and I am praying for you.
Marvella Cox
May 3, 2008
May 3, 2008
Sister Brenda Ward, Flo

The homegoing service for Elder was beautiful. Sister Ward you are the most gracious lady and I honor you and applaud your strength at this most difficult time. Thank you for your display of faith. I will miss seeing and hearing Elder's voice during our Spring Revival every year but I will always carry his messages in my heart. God blessed my Pastor (Elder GM Spotts) to deliver a powerful message in the service. "After these things" Rev. 19:1 Thank God He has planted this servant to lead us. He also has the gift of the servant's heart and continues the important work of teaching and preaching the gospel and carrying the message of Jesus Christ as taught by his father in the ministry. I have learned much over the past eleven years, however it does not compare to what I am yet to learn. I am so greatful to God to have known Elder DJ Ward. Jesus Christ always poured from him and from his life. His very life was an indication that he lived for Christ and that he loved the LORD! What a beautiful, glorious, LEGACY. Sis Ward, please don't ever stop visiting us. (New Home Church) We love you and we hope and pray that we can continue the love.

All my love to a lovely lady.
Sharon Parks
May 3, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
rev. Virgil a. hill
May 3, 2008
To Mrs. Dennis Ward and Ward Family, With Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy in the Homegoing of your love one. Elder Ward was a very kind and thoughtful person. He will be missed. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers.
May God Bless each of You.
Allan Brady
Pilgrim Baptist Church Member
Allan Brady
May 3, 2008
I extend my condolences as a fellow Elder in Cincinnati, Ohio and former resident of Lexington, Ky. I'm sure Lexington loss is heaven's gain. And for all of God's Elders who hold the banner of truth high and refuse to compromise in this "politically correct society" we all owe much! God bless the congregation and family as you go forward!
Elder, Joe Head jr
May 3, 2008
To The Ward Family, May You All Sense The Lord Tender Words Being Spoken...Remember That My Thoughts And Prayers Are With Each & Everyone Of You...

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort."


God Bless

Sister Margie Pelly
Margie Pelly
May 3, 2008
I am a pastor living and ministering near Lincoln, Nebraska.
Three years ago this last March my 2 year old granddaughter, Abigail Helene VanCampen, died in Lexington. Abby was the daughter of Todd and Guinever VanCampen. Though my son Todd had visited Main Street Baptist occasionally, he was not a member; but, Elder Ward came to his home to offer condolences and prayer. He also came to the memorial on that Saturday before Easter. On Easter Sunday evening Todd and I and Todd’s son Alex, along with his father-in-law and brother-in-law went to Main Street Baptist.

We were totally underdressed for the occasion. Almost everyone in the service was wearing white – white suits with long coats for the men and white dresses, white coats, and white hats for the women.

When Elder Ward got up to preach he saw us on the back row. Of course, we white boys stood out like sore thumbs anyway. He asked Todd to stand, and then he proceeded to tell his flock that this was the man for whom they’d been praying. He told them that after the service they were to gather around Todd and tell him how much they loved him and prayed for him. He told them to give him some love, and to give all of us some as well. Then he began to preach.

His text was Psalm 42:5, “Why art thou cast down, o my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” For at least an hour he preached, enumerating the things that were disquieting his soul, and others that commonly disturb ours. He went all the way from wayward deacons, to wayward children, to sin, to sickness, and finally to death. Along the way his people were talking back to him, encouraging him to keep on. And then, he came to the awesome punch line of the whole thing. “I forgot to tell you the title of my sermon tonight,” he said. “My title is ‘Yet.’ Though I lose my job, YET I will praise him. Though I lose my wealth, YET I will praise him. Though I lose my health, YET I will praise him.” His voice grew louder and louder with each “Yet.” “Yet, yet, yet!”

His people were shouting and clapping. It was just what we white boys needed to hear that Resurrection Sunday night. Elder Ward didn’t know we were going to be there, but God had a message for us through him. The implication was clear: Though I lose my daughter, or my granddaughter, or my niece, or my sister, YET I will praise him, for he is the health of my countenance, and my God!

Those folks streamed to the back of the church and gathered around us. We got hugs from everyone, from big strong black men and little bitty black grandmas, from mothers and their children, and from all the elders of the church. Our hearts were filled with the joy of the Resurrection.

When we were driving away, I said to Todd, “I may have to get one of those white suits.” He said, “Dad, if you wore one of those, you’d just disappear!”

I called Elder Ward after I arrived back home here in Nebraska. I thanked him for his love and his kindness to my son and his family. I thanked him for being a man of God in our lives at a time when we really needed him.

I was truly saddened to hear through my daughter-in-law Guinever of Elder Ward’s passing. But, I am really happy that he is in Jesus’ presence. My sincerest condolences to you, Sister Ward, and to your family.
Frank VanCampen
May 3, 2008
Elder Ward being himself.
I have just returned from Elder's Memorial and Home-Going Services. The world seems a little emptier now.

I counted Elder Ward as my friend, confidante, and pastor. I'll miss being able to pick up the phone and add new "Wardianisms" to my lexicon. He was a rare gift.

It was almost-exactly 8 years ago that Elder Ward placed his hands on my head and officiated my ordination (May 5, 2000). I feel honored and grateful to have had such a man in my life. His influence is far-reaching and undeniable. He is the man who, more than any other, taught me how to be a pastor.

Still, God is on His throne, doing whatever seems good to Him. Christ is still building His church and the gates of Hell have yet to prevail against it. We probably will not see the likes of Elder Ward again on this planet, but "on that great gettin' up morning" we'll gather with him and all the saints around God's throne, praising our Lord for the wisdom and grace that led us, protected us, and blessed us with men like our dear Elder.

Sister Brenda --

The services were beautiful, respectful, dignified, humorous, glorious, and heart-breaking. In other words, they were a perfect reflection of the man we had gathered to honor and remember. Thank you for your grace, dignity, and kindness to us all.

To God be the glory.

Elder Jim McClarty
Elder Jim McClarty
May 3, 2008
Your family is in my prayers.
Laura Fisher
May 3, 2008
Dennis was like an uncle to me. He brought our family together, and even though it was difficult for him he managed to say inspiring words for the funerals. He will be truly missed. My prayers go out to his family.


Susan Tharpe
Susan Tharpe
May 3, 2008
Dear Mrs Ward as young man Rev. Ward influenced my life to love and walk for Christ through his revivals at First Baptist Huntsville.As my wife janice and I got to know him personally our love grew for Christ and the ministry of preaching he had given Elder Ward. I am currently the Head of the Department of Surgery at the university of Minnesota.You have my love and prayer we will see him in heaven.
Selwyn Vickers
May 3, 2008
HI bRENDA Love You Prayers are with you. Love DOT CUNNUNGHAMpUCKETT
May 3, 2008
My sincere condolences from near Seattle to Sis. Ward, Sis. McGhee, the Main Street Baptist congregation, and all the preachers influenced and mentored by Elder Ward. I was first introduced to Elder D. J. Ward soon after my conversion to Christ in 1992. A friend of mine in the small, rural town I got saved in had some John Reisinger teaching videos and literature. Through Bro. Reisinger's "Sound of Grace" monthly periodical, I learned about the annual Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Lexington. Because of the sound preaching and one-of-a-kind music, Bro. Reisinger wrote that everyone should make it a point to attend the Lexington conference at least once before he or she dies. In 1995, and at the completion of my first year of Bible college near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a classmate and I drove cross-country to attend the John Bunyan Sovereign Grace Conference in Pennsylvania. It was there that I first met and heard Elder Ward in person (I had acquired some audio sermons earlier). Then (finally!), I attended Lexington's Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in August 2003 and 2004. I brought some youth from my church for the 2003 conference. In July 2005, I took our church youth to a Sunday morning service at Main Street Baptist when on our biennial youth missions trip. Fond memories, indeed. Via audio tapes, my most memorable sermons of Elder Ward's were titled "The Potter's House" (Jeremiah 18:1-4) and "The Daughters of the Land" (Gen. 34:1), both preached in the early-to-mid '90s. Indeed, our Sovereign God made this choice servant and courageous mouthpiece of His "into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make." The flag waves half-mast here in Port Angeles, Wash.

Francis Kyle III
Uncommon Christian Ministries
Francis Kyle III
May 2, 2008
The last memory that I have of Elder Ward is when he conducted our Elder's ordaination. He didn't just give instruction to my husband as a new Elder but strong words was given to me that I never looked at before. I thank God for this man of God. He will forever be in my heart. God Bless his family.
Vietta Corley
May 2, 2008
Margaret Mink
May 2, 2008
God bless you....
Harriet Robinson
May 2, 2008
Sis. Ward & Main St. Family
Words can’t begin to express the profound impact that Elder has made on me & many in the faith... Elder ran revival for me for several years in Danville, & became a great blessing to our city & surrounding area! I regret not being able to make it to any of the home-going services; I am currently in Lafayette, La. planting a new church. We will continue to pray for you & the Main St. Family. Until then, may our God grant His continued grace. If you need anything you may contact me @ eldercarter@cox.net or 337-232-1002

Because of “Him”
Elder Ben Carter
Ben Carter
May 2, 2008
Elder Ward was a very unique person. We enjoyed and looked forward to his visit to the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee where he would grace us with his presence for revival, for several years past. He was kind and we loved him.
Pamela Thomas
May 2, 2008
Deacon Curtis Anderson
May 2, 2008
Mother Louise Warmley
May 2, 2008
Stacy with her daughters Jasmine (17) and Carlie (6 months)
I must say that Elder Ward has impacted so many lives including my own. Words just can't describe how grateful I am to have met this Beautiful Child of God. He preached our revival at Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, and touched my family including my teenaged daughter who gave her life to Christ after that week. I thank you Elder Ward for helping my daughter to see it's fun to rejoice in the Lord. God surely has a "warrior" with him now."Have I Got Some Warriors??!!" I love you, and may God continue to bless your family. You will be truly missed.
Stacy Gary
May 2, 2008
Mother Ward and The Main Church, our prayers, love, and blessings are with you. Every year, I look forward to hearing the preaching and teaching of Elder Ward. As he prepare to preach, he would ask, what book of the Bible am I preaching this year, we would shout "Romans." We knew we were in for a grand time in the Lord. Elder Ward has blessed us for so many years and he will be missed by the New Home Church Family. We will not see him any more at the New Home Church, however we will hear his voice through our pastor Elder Spotts. Also, we will see him around him around the throne.
Rhonda Williams
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