Minister, scholar dies after heart attack
“Please keep the Bullard family in your prayers, as well as our entire church as we go through this difficult time,” Northland Mission’s youth minister, Fletcher Hammond, wrote on the church Web site.
Dan Knight, Overland Park’s minister of church life, was with the family at the hospital when Bullard died.
“Chris loved God’s church with incredible passion,” Knight said.
Survivors include Maxine, his wife of 36 years; their children, Jennifer Dennis, Christopher and Parker; two grandchildren, Vaughn and Liam; a son-in-law, Paul Dennis; and a daughter-in-law, Mali Bullard. His mother, Leatrice Bullard, of Texas, also survives him.
Bullard authored six books and was a popular guest presenter at several Christian universities. He established The World of Jesus Institute to promote a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, religious, and geographical world in which Jesus lived and taught. He is a former adjunct professor for the Jerusalem (Israel) Center for Biblical Studies during which time he spent one month of each year lecturing and conducting Biblical tours through the Holy Lands.
Bullard had a passion for leading people to a closer relationship with God, colleagues said. He made more than 20 trips to the Holy Lands to broaden his own knowledge, and he hosted several groups of people on their journeys to the Land of Jesus.
He held a bachelor’s degree from Harding University; two masters degrees from the Harding Graduate School of Religion; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminar, Pasadena, Calif.
Services were held Sept. 18. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions be made to either the Northland Mission Church Building Fund or to the Christian Leadership Foundation for the Parker Bullard College Fund. Updates and a message board are available at the Northland Mission church’s Web site, nmckc.org.
Sept. 18, 2006