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William Roscoe Estep





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William Roscoe Estep (February 12, 1920 – July 14, 2000) was an American Baptist historian and professor.

He was considered at the time to be an authority on the Anabaptist movement. Career and lifeEstep was professor of Church history emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1954 until his retirement in 1990, however he continued to teach until 1994. During that time, he wrote numerous works on subjects including Baptist and Anabaptist history, religious liberty and world missions. He also was involved in several church organizations including the American Society of Church History;, the Conference on Faith and History, Southern Baptist Historical Society,the Texas Baptist Historical Society; and the Historical Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Estep's most significant contribution was his work on the Anabaptist movement of the 16th century and he wrote several books on the subject. His colleague, James Leo Garrett, professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary said that "Estep was one of the four leading American scholars on Anabaptism in the 20th century."

Estep married Edna Alice, and this union produced two sons; William Merl Estep and Martin Andrew Estep; three adughters; Rhoda Elaine Macdonald, Mary McDowell Morgan and Lena Jan Gipson. At the time of his death he had nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alice Ann Estep, and his son, Martin Andrew Estep. He died in 2000, at the age of 80, of pancreatic cancer.


Published Works:

Why Baptists?: A study of Baptist faith and heritage

Renaissance and Reformation (ISBN 0802800505), 1986

Revolution Within the Revolution: The First Amendment in Historical Context, 1612-1789 (ISBN 0802804586), 1990

Whole Gospel Whole World: The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention 1845-1995. 1994

The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism (1989)

Anabaptist Beginnings, 1523-1533: A Sourcebook (Bibliotheca humanistica et reformatorica) (ISBN 9060043375), 1976

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Edna Alice (b. Year) --Wife


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William Merl Estep (b. Year)--Son

Martin Andrew Estep (b. Year)--Son

Rhoda Elaine Macdonald--Daughter

Mary McDowell Morgan--Daughter

Lena Jan Gipson--Daughter

Links and Resources on William Roscoe Estep

William Estep's obituary --From The Baptist Standard.

William Estep--Wikipedia Article

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