World Christian Broadcasting is grieving the loss of J. D.
Elliott, the chairman of our Board of Directors and an important
figure in the Nashville business scene.
J.D. Elliott, 1936-2015
He was President of The Memorial Foundation and also chairman of
the Metro Sports Authority in Nashville. He served on many
boards including the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of
America, Lipscomb University, Nashville Zoo, American College of
Healthcare Executives, American Red Cross, Alive Hospice,
Goodpasture Christian School, and the American Hospital
Association. He was a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club.
J.D. was voted one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Most
Admired CEOs last year.
J.D. Elliott loved his friends and they loved him. He was known
for his hospitality and welcoming spirit. He was the definition
of a servant leader: humble, kind, giving, and a true gentleman.
He had a quiet but strong presence, and was respected by all.
He loved God, and his life was a testimony to God’s love and
presence. He served as an elder for the Madison Church of
Christ, Madison, Tennessee, for 25 years. He regularly taught
adult Bible classes.
J.D. and his wife, Anita, have three grown children, two
daughters and a son, six grandchildren, and one great
granddaughter. His impact on the community, the church, and his
family was far-reaching. His loss is deeply felt.
After reflecting on his own grief, Charles Caudill, President of
World Christian Broadcasting, wrote to the Board and the staff,
“Let’s not focus on our loss. Instead let’s focus on the
wonderful life he lived and the amazing amount of good he
accomplished and the countless number of people he influenced.
J. D. would not want us to be sad. He would want us to get it
together and move forward. So let’s honor him by doing that. He
would consider it his greatest honor. What a great and Godly
June 2015 Newsletter
PIERCE THE DARKNESS
Take a few minutes to watch our 2015 video. You’ll learn the latest on our programming, our mission, and our plans for the future.
CALLED FOR LIFE
In the summer of 2014, Dr. Kent Brantly became infected with the
Ebola virus. As Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care
Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Brantly knew all too well the need
for precaution as he treated his patients. Somehow those
precautions were not enough. People around the world anxiously
watched as news of his illness spread. Eventually he was
transported to the United States, and today he looks as if he had
never been sick.
Paul Ladd, World Christian Broadcasting’s Senior
Correspondent, caught up with Dr. Brantly when he was speaking on
the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. In this
interview, Dr. Brantly gave insights into what he has heard about
the ways in which his experience has impacted people all over the
In the fifth and final installment of this interview sequence,
Paul Ladd asked Dr. Brantly to explain the title of the book he and
his wife have written, “Called for Life.” Paul also asked, “What’s
ahead for Dr. Kent Brantly?”
The Brantlys’ informative, sensitive, and challenging book can be
ordered through any bookstore. Enjoy the interview!