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Communications exec Lloyd Householder dies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Lloyd Householder, longtime employee of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now LifeWay Christian Resources), died Jan. 30. He was 81.

Householder was named director of the board's office of communication in 1977 and was promoted to assistant vice president for the office of communications in 1987. He came to the board in 1960 as director of church-related vocation guidance and became manager of the church training department in 1968. He retired in 1992.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Householder earned a B.A. degree from Carson-Newman College and M.Div., M.R.E. and D.Ed. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Householder was a member of the Religion Communicators Council and Baptist Communicators Association, serving both organizations as national president. He also was a member of the Public Relations Society of America and several other professional public relations organizations. He was strategic in the formation of the Religion Communications Congress in 1980, a decennial multi-faith gathering that assembles communicators from the field of religion from around the world.

Householder also was active in and served on the board of the Baptist World Alliance for many years.


Former communications department head Linda Lawson, who worked with Householder for several years, said, "Throughout Lloyd's career, his leadership always included innovative approaches to any task at hand. He supported people to grow professionally and trusted them to do their work at a high level. I appreciate the opportunities he gave me to serve with him in communications."

Householder and his wife Rose Marie had been married 56 years. They have two grown children, Thom Householder and Ashley Householder Lockwood.

Funeral arrangements with Brentwood Funeral Home in Brentwood, Tenn., are pending.

Reported by the communications staff of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Copyright (c) 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press

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