It was only a month after first meeting Gertrude that I met Rev. & Sister Lane at a conference in Maryland outside Washington, D.C. Little did I realize the impact that this man of God would have on my life. The first event occurred six months later when he performed the marriage ceremony for Gertrude and me.
A few years later as we were living in Orlando, and traveling around the country to share about the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators, I began to think about going to seminary. I thought I could go to one of the seminaries in Orlando part time while I continued my work with Wycliffe. Since Dr. Lane was at Dallas Seminary I thought I would ask him about what he thought. He would not hear of me going anywhere but Dallas Seminary. So I sent my application in and to my surprise I was accepted. A few months later Gertrude and I were packing up house and moving to Dallas, TX.
As I started at the seminary, Dr. Lane retired from the seminary. I was sorry that he would not be there as I started, but he was always available to encourage me. I remember sitting down with him and telling him what courses I was taking and who I had for professors. He was always keen to know what was happening at the seminary. He had been there for over thirty years starting as a student and retiring after being the Dean of Minority Students. There are many pastors that have been under his tutelage who are serving around the world today and could share much the same testimony that Gertrude and I share about him.
How he loved the Lord and desired to see all those that he served to have the same love and devotion to the Him. As the Apostle Paul said, “As I imitate Christ imitate me,” so Dr. Lane, by his life, has modeled the same principle.