Monday, October 31, 2005

Electrifying Performance


Funeral services are pending for a Texas pastor who was electrocuted in front of his congregation Sunday morning while performing a baptism.

The Rev. Kyle Lake was standing in water up to his shoulders in the baptistry at University Baptist Church in Waco when he grabbed a microphone and was electrocuted.

Jamie Dudley, who is married to one of the church’s other pastors, said doctors attending the service performed chest compressions on the 33-year-old minister until he was taken to a Waco hospital and declared dead.

The woman that Lake was baptizing was unhurt, she said.

Dudley said Lake, who had a wife and three children, had been at the church for nine years, the last seven as a pastor.

She said about 800 people attended the Sunday morning service, which was larger than normal because it was homecoming weekend at nearby Baylor University.

He went from being a pastor to a fryer.