It shouldn’t happen this way, but sometimes it does.

Daniel Goodman, professor and Bob D. Shepherd Chair of New Testament Interpretation at the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, died unexpectedly January 13.

Goodman was just 40 years old. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Goodman came to Gardner-Webb in 2003, from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He was a frequent contributor to scholarly journals and had a special interest in Baptist-Jewish dialogue, as evidenced by an article he contributed to the December issue of Baptists Today. Goodman was also actively involved in church work, having served as an interim pastor in four different states, as well as being a frequent preacher or teacher in area churches.

The cause of death is unknown. A memorial service will be held at Boiling Springs Baptist Church (Boiling Springs, N.C.) at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 15. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 – 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that gifts be made to a scholarship fund for the Goodman children.

Multiple families mourn, and we mourn with them.

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