This is Dr. William E. Hull, former provost at Samford University and sometime pastor of First Baptist Church, Shreveport. That "sometime" included my childhood (which is the era of the picture), where I fell in love with Jesus and learned the basics of the Christian faith. Coming there as the pastor the year I was born, Hull baptized me at age ten. We moved away the year after he left for Samford.
I was saddened to learn today that he has recently been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In the face of this diagnosis, Hull gathered with his family and gave this marvelous meditation on life and death and how faith makes a difference in the struggles of life on October 19 at the Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham. The sermon brought Hull's public ministry of preaching and teaching to a close. His ministry will now primarily take the form of writing. His message is worth a look.
Click here to view Dr Hull's sermon.