John Robert Bradshaw
October 9, 1934-July 19, 2020
John R. Bradshaw was born in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Hugh E. Bradshaw and Elizabeth Bradshaw on October 9, 1934. John graduated from Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Louisiana in 1952. John attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Divinity in 1959 from Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Throughout his career, he completed continuing education courses at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary.
John married Helen Jeanette Gully on August 27, 1964, in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Through their years together, Helen was his constant companion, counsel, confidant, and love.
Ordained for Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, John served the St. John and Waterproof Presbyterian churches in Louisiana (1959-1963); First Presbyterian Church, Denham Springs, Louisiana (1963-1967); First Presbyterian Church, Homer, Louisiana (1967-1972); and First Presbyterian Church, Rockport, Texas (1972-1989). During these years, he also served as president of several civic clubs, initiated and resourced community service organizations, equipped churches in goal setting, Christian education, and administrative endeavors. He also participated in the larger church through presbyteries, synods, and the Presbyterian General Assembly.
From 1989 until his retirement in 2000, John served as a staff consultant with the Church Financial Campaign Service of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Although officed in the national Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Kentucky, he traveled throughout the United States, enabling well over 100 congregations as they generated needed resources for building, budget, debt, and mission presbytery.
Minister, husband, father, grandfather, friend, John is survived by daughters Mary Scott (Mrs. Troy) Draper of Beeville, Texas, and Jane Kovacs of Austin, Texas; brother Hugh Bradshaw (Johnetta) of Ennis, Texas; sister Beth (Mrs. Charles) Williams of Van Alstyne, Texas; and five grandchildren: Levi Draper and Holly Bennett, Sarah Draper (Mrs. Johnathan) Browning, and Thad Draper; and Alex and Jack Kovacs.
A service of witness to the resurrection and in thanksgiving for the lives of Rev. John Bradshaw and Helen Gully Bradshaw will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Rockport, Texas on Saturday Sept. 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Reception will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to care for servants of the church in need of support.