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A Fayetteville dental doctor who has served as the church’s medical director for about three years has resigned from the church, the Arkansas Times reported.
Dr. Gary Burdette has been an active member of the church since 2006.
The church announced last month that he would step down from his duties.
Burdette had served as a dentist in the Arkansas Diocese of Fayette, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
In addition to his duties at the church as dental director, he was also president of the Arkansas State Dental Association and served on the board of directors of the state’s medical board.
Buddie Burdet is a graduate of St. Bonaventure College in South Carolina and was ordained a priest in 1995.
He joined the church in 2003, serving as its medical director.
Baptist missionaries from Africa are known to be frequent visitors to Fayette County.
The city is home to more than 10,000 African-Americans.
Bud Shafner, a Baptist minister, said he was saddened to hear about the resignation of Burdett.
“It is very sad to hear that the Bishop of Fenton has chosen to step down,” Shafber said in a statement.
“I am a member of his congregation and would like to thank him for his years of service.”
Shafner said he would not discuss what the church is doing to assist Burdeys dental care or the church will seek to have the pastor removed from the pulpit.
“He’s not an active pastor.
He’s not in charge of any parish.
He does not have any authority,” Shaffner said.
“We will pray for him and pray for the Bishop and the church.”
Burdett has served on a number of boards, including one for the Arkansas Medical Association.
He also served on numerous boards at Fayette Valley College, the Baptist Hospital, the Fayette Central School District and the Fenton Metropolitan School District.
Bondi Johnson, who serves as a director of the Fawn Valley Regional Medical Center in Fayette City, said she is saddened by the news.
She said Burdets departure comes amid a significant shift in the church.
“I think it’s sad.
It’s very sad.
He did a wonderful job for the church and the community,” Johnson said.
Johnson said Burden has been instrumental in the creation of the medical board in the last year.
Johnson said Boodett is a highly qualified dentist and a trusted member of our congregation.
Boodett was named medical director of Fawnville in April.
The board meets every six months to discuss issues such as care and treatment, patient safety, the growth of the school district and community growth.
Johnson is hopeful that Burdetts departure will help restore trust in the health care system and bring more faith and prayer to Fawnvillians.
Johnson, who lives in Fawn, said Birdetts departure was a big loss to the church because of the dedication and commitment he made to the community.
“A lot of times you don’t get that kind of a person and that kind that is very helpful,” Johnson told ABCNews.com.
Johnson added that she and other residents are still reeling from the loss of Boodetts’ presence in the community after a decade as a Baptist pastor.
“The people that were in the congregation have always loved him.
He was very loyal and that was really what we needed,” Johnson added.