The Reverend Doctor Stan Coffey, who served as the senior pastor at The Church at Quail Creek died unexpectedly Thursday morning December 26th after an extended illness. He was 68.
Family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 pm Monday, prior to the service at 2:00 pm at The Church at Quail Creek with Dr. Don Cass officiating. Interment will be in Buffalo Cemetery, Erick Ok. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Coffey, along with his wife Glenda, served 6 churches as pastor Including County Line Baptist Church in Morton; Hurlwood Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX; First Baptist Church of Josephine, TX; Trinity Baptist Church of Texarkana, Ark.; and First Baptist Church of Albuquerque, N.M. The majority of that time he spent in two tenures as pastor at The Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo (formerly San Jacinto Baptist Church), where he served almost 35 years, first from 1975-1979 and then from 1984-present.
Raised in Sweetwater, Oklahoma, Coffey was saved at age 6 and took his first pastorate at age 20. He earned degrees from Wayland Baptist University (1970), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and California Graduate School of Theology, where he received the doctor of divinity.
Coffey served Southern Baptists in a variety of positions including board member—North American Mission Board; SBC Executive Committee; and president and vice president—SBC Pastors’ Conference.
Coffey played a significant role in the events leading to the founding of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. As pastor of the large Church at Quail Creek, he was able to lend considerable support to the fledgling convention.
After the convention was formed he was tapped as its first president, serving from 1998-2000.
“Prior to the existence of the SBTC, Stan Coffey pastored the largest church in the reformation group pushing for the formation of a new convention,” SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards said. “Being a man of conviction, Stan was willing to put his reputation on the line for the cause of biblical inerrancy and cooperative work among Baptists. He paid a high price for his efforts with challenges to his health and ministry. Through it all he remained faithful to win people to Jesus. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.”
Known as a passionate evangelist, Coffey’s church was consistently recognized for its high number of baptisms. During his 35-year tenure, Quail Creek recorded almost 10,000 baptisms of new converts.
Coffey was a recipient of the W.A. Criswell Award for Pastoral Evangelism and was also awarded the H. Paul Pressler Distinguished Service Award for his valued work during the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence and his key role in the founding of the SBTC.
Dr. Coffey’s knowledge of biblical prophecy inspired him to write his last book, “The Return”. A renowned speaker and theologian, he has taught from the book of Revelation in his weekly Pastors class and conducted conferences on prophecy across the nation. At the time of his death, Dr. Coffey had conferences booked well into 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents Claudie and Adell Coffey. He is survived by his wife Glenda; a son Scott Coffey of North Carolina; a daughter Natalie Coffey and her husband Dr. Richard K. Archer Jr. of Amarillo, TX. and nine grandchildren: Aaron Coffey; Ashley Coffey and her husband Mike Coleman; Richard Archer III, Holden Stan Archer, Truman Scott Archer and Sawyer Glen Archer, age 12, Emerson Faith Archer, Eleanor Scout Archer, and Finn Henry Archer; his sister Dianne and her husband Odos Henson of Stillwater Oklahoma; One niece Kim And her husband Vance Hall; one nephew Mark Henson, his wife Lori and their three children of Utah; and many other friends and family.