Russell Kauffman, retired Florida Baptist Convention staffer, dies at 94
Jul 26, 2012
By FLBaptist STAFF

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Florida Baptist Convention retiree Russell Kauffman of Jacksonville died July 24 at McGraw Community Hospice. He was 94.

Kauffman served the Florida Baptist Convention 1970 until 1983, first as director of migrant missions and then as director of Christian Social Ministries. In this role, he was a jointly funded missionary appointed by the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board.

One of the accomplishments which characterized Kauffman's service with the Convention was his leadership in developing and securing two mobile medical/dental units to provide much needed care to the underprivileged across the state. The mobile dental ministry continues today. He also provided leadership in developing a statewide literacy program.

Kauffman was born July 10, 1918 in St. Joseph, Mich., but grew up in St. Petersburg.. He graduated from Stetson University in 1952 and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1959.

He served churches and associations in Vero Beach and Kissimmee and in Louisiana before coming to the Convention.

He is survived by his sons Wayne Kaufmann of California and David Kauffman of Jacksonville; daughters Janet Taylor of Palatka and Deborah Baggett of Chicago, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, July 30 at Fort Caroline Baptist Church at 2 p.m.; with visitation at 1 p.m; and burial in Arlington Park Cemetery in Jacksonville at 3 p.m. Fort Caroline Baptist is at 11428 McCormick Rd., Jacksonville, FL  32225.

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