The long time pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette has passed away.
Dr. Perry Sanders died early this morning in Colorado Springs at the age of 84 .
Sanders spent five decades at First Baptist and retired in 2006.
Sanders was known for his incredible involvement in the local community.
He was also a founding board member for the Acadiana Arts Council which is now the Acadiana Center For The Arts.
The memorial service for Dr. Sanders will be held this Wednesday at First Baptist Church in downtown Lafayette .
Visitation will begin at eight in the morning.
The service is scheduled for noon.