In Memoriam: Dr. Eddie B. Lane, 1939-2015
October 18, 2015 by Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
Dr. Eddie Lane and Betty, his wife of 55 years
“Bob, what is your plan for diversity at Wycliffe Bible Translators?” That was one of the first questions Dr. Eddie Lane asked newly appointed President and CEO of Wycliffe USA, Bob Creson. Bob always had a high value for diversity, but he knew now that he was also going to be held accountable by his Board for promoting diversity among the staff and membership of the mission.
Dr. Eddie Lane served on the Board of Directors of Wycliffe USA for nine years from 2001 to 2010. During that time he offered his deep spiritual wisdom and quiet compassion to Wycliffe. Dr. Lane was also the founder and senior pastor of Bibleway Bible Church of Dallas from 1967 to the day he graduated to glory on October 15, 2015. Bibleway is the home church of Wycliffe members Gertrude and Kevin Nicholas.
Born in August 1939, during his 76 years Eddie earned his Diploma from Southern Bible Institute, his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas, his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He taught at Southern Bible Institute, Dallas Bible College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Besides founding Bibleway Bible Church in 1967, he also founded the Institute for Black Family Renewal in 1992 and the Black Family Press in 1994. In addition to that he authored nine books, including The Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Learning to Pray Through God’s Word.
Eddie was a barrier breaker all his life. He was one of the first black students ever at Dallas Theological Seminary and became their first black administrative staff member in 1975 and their first black faculty member in 1982 where he taught for 30 years until he retired as Associate Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministries.
Dr. Eddie Lane, with Bob Creson, Wycliffe USA President
In remembering Dr. Lane, Wycliffe’s President Bob Creson said, “Eddie did not speak about going out and doing great things. He just did them and changed many lives along the course of his life. Wycliffe USA is a different and better ministry because of his influence. We thank God for Eddie and pray for his bride of 55 years, Betty Lane, as well as the rest of his children and grandchildren. We will all miss Eddie.”