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Mulberry Minister Called the ‘Billy Graham of Mulberry’

The Rev. Gerald Bagwell stands in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Mulberry recently. Bagwell retired as pastor in December, but is still active in the church and local politics.


By Suzie Schottelkotte
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:17 a.m.

MULBERRY | As preachers go, the Rev. Gerald Bagwell said he hardly fits anybody’s mold.


Gerald Ezra Bagwell

Date of birth: Feb. 20, 1936.
Place of birth: Winder, Ga.
Occupation: Southern Baptist minister.
Family: His wife of 57 years, Betty; sons Greg, Jeff and Phil; four grandchildren.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, Piedmont College, Demorest, Ga.; master’s degree in divinity, Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.; master’s and doctorate degrees in theology, Luther Rice Seminary, now in Atlanta.
Motto: “People don’t care…

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