by Moody Adams WHY DID FOREST POLLOCK HAVE TO DIE SO YOUNG My friend and his son died in plane crash Death raised many questions when it took 44 year old Forrest and his 13-year-old son Preston away. The SBC president Frank Page, who Forrest nominated in 2006, spoke for many of us when he said, "We are deeply grieved and in a state of shock that someone so young, so promising was taken so early."
The devoted father of 6 young children and pastor of the 6,000 member Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon had flown to N.C. to visit his mother and took off in a single-engine Piper PA to fly to preaching engagements in Texas.
Before entering the ministry, Pollock worked in communications and at age of 25, as president and CEO of PDC Multimedia Productions in Norman, Okla., was named Young Business Owner of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
We became friends when he pastored the Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., from 1997-2002. He was an outstanding leader, a winsome personality, and a great communicator. He had the talent to have been on the Broadway stage.
Forrest wrote, acted and sung a one man production of “Joseph” at Christmas-time in Baton Rouge that was awesome.
He was to have been a featured speaker at the Southern Baptist Convention's June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Why did my friend have to die so young? One benefit to the Kingdom of Heaven, his death will motivate all of us who knew him to “number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). His absence at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention will motivate the thousands of preachers more than any sermons they will hear.