Shooting personal for at least three Kentucky Baptist churches

Westport Road Baptist Church Mural 

By Chip Hutcheson/Kentucky Today, Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today 

“We remind ourselves of the Gospel hope. Death is the last enemy to be destroyed.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Monday morning’s bank shooting became personal for Andy Mikel, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Danville, Ky., in a short time.

One of the nine wounded in the shooting was Deana Eckert, the 57-year-old sister of Immanuel worship pastor Scott Hurst. Brother and sister grew up in Harrodsburg.

Mikel said he only communicated via text with Hurst, who went to be with his grieving family. Deana was taken to the hospital with severe injuries from the shooting at the Old National Bank in downtown Louisville. She became the fifth victim to die early Monday night after several surgeries.

“Our church family is grieving with them and sharing one another’s sorrows,” he said.

Steven Dressens, the associational mission strategist for the Mercer Baptist Association, sent out a message early to pray for Eckert. He learned she was Hurst’s sister through another pastor in the association.

“We wanted everyone praying for that family and are praying for them still,” he said.