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Died: Joel Belz, Founder of World Magazine
A “newspaper man at heart,” he believed Christians needed “sound journalism, grounded in facts and biblical truth.”
Died: Letha Dawson Scanzoni, Who Argued Feminism Is Biblical
The author of All We’re Meant to Be faced serious backlash over egalitarian reading of Scripture and her support for LGBTQ affirmation.
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Died: Chungthang Thiek, Pastor of Manipur’s Prayer Movement
The Indian evangelical leader sought a space in the hills where people “could commune with God without interruption.”
Died: Donald Wildmon, Champion of Christian Boycotts
The Methodist minister and founder of American Family Association mobilized believers to exert economic influence on major corporations.
Died: Frank Borman, Apollo 8 Astronaut Who Broadcast Genesis from Space
Commander of first lunar flight was moved by the sight of “the good earth.”
Died: Loren Cunningham, Who Launched Millions on Short-Term Missions
YWAM founder saw “waves” of young people carrying the gospel to every nation.
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Died: ‘Jesus Calling’ Devotional Author Sarah Young
The missionary wife’s “listening prayers” comforted and inspired millions.
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Died: Carmel Jones, Black Banker for British Pentecostals
With a vision of Jesus, he started a credit union that enabled dozens of churches to buy buildings.
Died: Stuart Epperson, Who Put Preachers and Political Talk on the Nation’s Radio Waves
The cofounder of Salem Media Group built an “empire of influence” broadcasting religious and political conservatives.
Died: Reiji Oyama, Bible Translator Who Repented for Japan’s Wartime Sins
The humble pastor made the Word easy to understand for modern Japanese and sought to heal the "bitter enmity" with Korea.
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Died: Pat Robertson, Broadcast Pioneer Who Brought Christian TV to the Mainstream
With CBN, “The 700 Club,” Regent, the Christian Coalition, and a run for president, he changed evangelicals’ place in public life.
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Died: ‘The Hiding Place’ and ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ Coauthor Elizabeth Sherrill
“She knew how to tell a story with power.”
Died: Paul Eshleman, Who Brought ‘Jesus’ Film to the Ends of the Earth
The Campus Crusade evangelism strategist wanted everyone in the world to hear the good news that God loved them.
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Died: Superstar Billy Graham, Teenage Evangelist Who Became a Wrestling Legend
In the ring and life, Wayne Coleman was a “heel” who wanted to be a “babyface.”
Died: Tim Keller, New York City Pastor Who Modeled Winsome Witness
“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
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Died: Rachel Kerr James, Missionary Nurse to War-Torn Vietnam
One of the first Southern Baptists into Indochina, she started medical clinics while raising four children and helping her husband plant churches.
Died: Ron Hamilton, Better Known as Patch the Pirate
When cancer took his left eye, he saw a God-given opportunity for children’s ministry.
Died: Charles Stanley, In Touch Preacher Who Led with Stubborn Faith
First Baptist Church Atlanta pastor lived by the motto “Obey God and leave all the consequences to him.”
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Died: George Verwer, Who Asked Christians ‘Are You Ready To Go?’
The founder of Operation Mobilisation moved untold numbers to proclaim God’s love around the globe.
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Died: Christian Atsu, Ghana Soccer Star who Praised God in Everything
The Premier League winger known for his faith was killed in the earthquake in Turkey.

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