Prominent Southern Baptist theologian and seminary president Al Mohler has been hospitalized with blood clots in both lungs, and his family is asking for prayer.
On Saturday morning, Mohler, 63, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, announced via social channels that he had been hospitalized the day prior.
According to the statement, he was hospitalized with a diagnosis of bilateral pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in both lungs. The statement added that he is “receiving excellent care” and “responding well to treatment.”
Please see the statement below regarding Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.'s health. Dr. and Mrs. Mohler would appreciate your prayers for a full and speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/Rix5T8erFh
— Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) April 15, 2023
The Mayo Clinic describes a pulmonary embolism as “a blood clot that blocks and stops blood flow to an artery in the lung” and notes it “can be life-threatening.”
Al Mohler has led Southern Seminary as president since 1993, and helped launch an undergraduate school, Boyce College, in 1998. He also hosts “The Briefing,” a current events podcast popular among Southern Baptist pastors and leaders.
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A website for The Briefing noted Mohler’s absence in a Monday statement, adding that he looks forward to returning “in coming days.”
Mohler underwent a similar incident 16 years ago. In January 2007, he developed pulmonary emboli following a surgery and had to be hospitalized after experiencing what he described as “unrelenting pain.” Months later, he reported he was “gaining strength” and experienced a full recovery.
Regarding his current hospitalization, Mohler stated that he and his wife, Mary, would “appreciate your prayers for a full and speedy recovery.”
Freelance journalist Josh Shepherd writes on faith, culture, and public policy for several media outlets. He and his family live in the Washington, D.C. area.