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Grady C. Cothen
Born (1920-08-02)August 2, 1920
Poplarville, Mississippi, USA
Died May 19, 2017(2017-05-19) (aged 96)
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Place of burial Roseberry Cemetery in Mascot, Tennessee
Alma mater Mississippi CollegeMbr>New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Occupation Clergyman:
Southern Baptist Convention
Spouse(s) Martha E. "Betty" Major Cothen

Grady Cothen, Jr.

Carol C. Shields
Parents The Reverend and Mrs. J. H. Cothen

Grady C. Cothen, Sr. (2 August 1920 – 19 May 2017), was a pastor, state convention executive secretary-director for the Southern Baptist Convention, author, university president, and seminary president.

Cothen was born in Poplarville, Mississippi, to the Reverend and Mrs. J. H. Cothen. He married Martha E. (Bettye) Major and had two children; Grady, Jr., Carole Shields.

He attended from Hattiesburg High School, graduated from Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College in Clinton and received his Master's Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained into Baptist ministry in 1939 in Richton, Mississippi.[1] Cothen died on 19 May 2017 in Ridgeland, Mississippi, at the age of ninety-six.[2][3]


  • Chaplain, U. S. Navy, 1944–46
  • Pastor: White Oak Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tn. 1946-48
  • Olivet Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Ok. 1948-59
  • First Baptist Church, Birmingham, Al. 1959-61
  • Executive Secretary, Southern Baptist General Convention of Ca. 1961 – 1966.
  • President of Oklahoma Baptist University 1966-70
  • President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1970-74
  • President of Southern Baptist Sunday School Board 1975-84[1]


  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Order of The Golden Arrow, Mississippi College
  • E. Y. Mullins Denominational Service Award, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Listed in Who's Who in America from 1970 until retirement.

Honorary degrees

  • Doctor of Divinity, Mississippi College
  • Doctor of Divinity, California Baptist College
  • Doctor of Laws, William Jewell College
  • Doctor of Humanities, University of Richmond
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Campbell University
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Oklahoma Baptist University


  • The God of The Beginnings
  • Faith and Higher Education
  • Unto All The World: Bold Mission
  • What Happened to The Southern Baptist Convention?
  • The New SBC: Fundamentalism's Impact on The Southern Baptist Convention

President of OBU

During Cothen's tenure as president the Howard Residence was completed, the Oklahoma Baptist University Authority was incorporated, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredited all OBU programs, and The Geiger Center for University Life was completed.[4]

Preceded by
James R. Scales
Oklahoma Baptist University President
1966 - 1970
Succeeded by
William G. Tanner


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