John loved people

His first words – “How can I help?”

He was concerned about your needs

Always quick to pray for a needy student, friend or fellow faculty member

He would do his share of the work and yours too

John knew how to fix mechanical equipment and he fixed cars

For those who could pay, for those who couldn’t pay

Many hundreds of Seminary students had a car because John fixed it


John loved his family, deeply, thoroughly and consistently

They talked about stuff and things – he wanted them to have the best

He strived for them to be the best and they all know Jesus

John was quick to remind you that your name was carved in God’s hands

That Jesus didn’t have an eraser – Christ took us, kept us and walked with us

I can fix that John would say and would give beyond giving to you and for you

He was your friend without airs, no judging, always there

John was a special person that just cared for others like he cared for his family


A friend, a confessor, a good listener

His humility legendary, never self-serving

A hard worker, you came first with John

John loved the Lord, he shared Jesus

Loved by his students

An indefatigable and tireless worker

John didn’t see himself as a great leader – he was

He didn’t seek accolades – he has them in the halls of heaven


John was our friend

He cared for us

He loved us as best he could

Best regards to Jesus and your Father – We already miss you brother


Clay Corvin   August 24, 2015

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was employed by NOBTS for 38 years. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren. His ministry is to the homeless and helpless seeking to promote the cause of Christ everyplace he travels.